Andrej Kiska

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Andrej Kiska
4th President of Slovakia
Assumed office
15 June 2014
Prime Minister Robert Fico
Preceded by Ivan Gašparovič
Personal details
Born (1963-02-02) 2 February 1963 (age 52)
Poprad, Czechoslovakia
(now Slovakia)
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Martina Kisková
Children Andrej
Alma mater Slovak University of
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Official website

Andrej Kiska (born 2 February 1963) is a Slovak entrepreneur and philanthropist who has been President of Slovakia since 2014. He ran as an independent candidate in the 2014 presidential election and was elected as President in a second round of voting.[1][2][3]

Entrepreneurial career[edit]

Kiska was born in Poprad. He studied electrical engineering. In 1990, after the Velvet Revolution, he moved to the United States.[4] Later he founded Triangel and Quatro,[5] two Slovakia-based hire-purchase companies that give the buyer the possibility to pay for goods in several installments over a number of months instead of paying the full price at once.[6]


In 2006, Kiska co-founded a non-profit charitable organization called Dobrý anjel (translated as Good Angel), in which donors help families that have found themselves in a difficult financial situation as a result of a family member contracting a serious disease (such as cancer).[5][7] By 2014, more than 140,000 people have donated to this organization.[8]

Election as President[edit]

In the first round of the 2014 presidential election, Kiska placed second with 24% of the vote, behind Prime Minister Robert Fico (28%). As none of candidates got more than 50% of votes, Kiska and Fico progressed to a presidential runoff vote on 29 March 2014. Kiska won decisively in the second round, receiving nearly 60% of the vote.[9] He took office on 15 June 2014.[10]

Foreign policy[edit]

Andrej Kiska supports Kosovo's independence and is in favour of Slovakia diplomatically recognising Kosovo as an independent sovereign state.[11][12] Kiska has also come out against Russia over the Ukraine conflict and supports sanctions.


  1. ^ "Slovak PM Fico, political novice advance to run-off presidential vote". Reuters. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Slováci volí prezidenta. Fica ohrožuje filantrop Kiska" (in Czech). Týden. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kandidát na prezidenta Andrej Kiska: Najvyšším zmyslom života je pomáhať druhým!" (in Slovak). Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Novým slovenským prezidentem bude Andrej Kiska" (in Czech). 29 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Andrej Kiska - životopis" (in Slovak). DatabazeKnih. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Hire-purchase definition". Investopedia. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Čo je systém Dobrý anjel" (in Slovak). Dobrý anjel. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Zoznam Dobrých anjelov" (in Slovak). Dobrý anjel. March 1, 2014. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Millionaire Andrej Kiska elected first Slovak president with no communist past", Telegraph Online, 30 March 2014, accessed 30 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Andrej Kiska inaugurated as Slovakian president". Europe Online Magazine. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Milioner na čelu Slovačke". B92. 2014-03-30. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  12. ^ "Parteiloser Millionär wird slowakischer Präsident". Die Welt. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ivan Gašparovič
President of Slovakia