Ivan Savvidis

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Ivan Savvidis
Born (1959-03-27) March 27, 1959 (age 58)
Tsalka, Georgia
Residence Thessaloniki, Greece
Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Nationality Greek
Education Rostov State University of Economics (ru)
Occupation Owner of PAOK F.C.
Founder & Owner of Agrokom Group
Chairman of CJSC Donskoy Tabak
Owner of Dimera Group Ltd
Owner of Dimera Media Investments
Owner of SEKAP[1]
Owner of Belterra Investments Ltd
Employer Makedonia Palace
Xenia (Hotel)
Net worth Increase US$760 million (2016)
Title Businessman
Real estate
Political party United Russia
Children 2
Website http://www.savvidi.ru/

Ivan Ignatyevich Savvidis (born March 27, 1959[2] in Santa, Tsalka District, Georgia), is a Georgian-born Greek-Russian (Caucasus Greek) businessman and politician. Savvidis is one of Russia's wealthiest men and is a member of Russian Parliament, closely linked to the president Vladimir Putin.[3] Forbes has listed Ivan Savvidis as the 30th wealthiest Russian Businessman in the world.[4]

Professional biography[edit]

After serving in the Soviet Army,[5] Savvidis was educated at Rostov on Don State University of Economics (ru).[2] In the 1980s and early 1990s, Savvidis was employed in various positions at the Don State Tobacco Factory.[5] In 1992, the tobacco factory was privatised and renamed CJSC Donskoy Tabak; in the following year Savvidi was appointed as its General Director.[5] Savvidis and his wife, Kyriaki Savvidi, is now formally the majority shareholder of Donskoy Tabak, the largest Russian tobacco company.[6]

Between 2002 and 2005, Savvidis was President of FC Rostov. Since 2005, Savvidi has been Chairman of FC SKA Rostov-on-Don. As of 10 August 2012, he has acquired the ownership of the Greek football team PAOK.[7]

Political career[edit]

Savvidis was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Rostov Oblast in 1998 and 2003. In 2003, Savvidis was elected as a Deputy in the State Duma; he subsequently served as the Deputy Chairman of the Budget Committee and Taxes during of Russian Parliament. In 2007, Savvidis was elected as a Deputy in the State Duma as a member of the party United Russia led by chairman Vladimir Putin. Ivan Savvidis served as a member of the Committee International Affairs ,[5] as coordinator of Interparliamentary Relations with the Hellenic Parliament[5] and as Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Russia-Belarusian Union.[8]

Personal life and community service[edit]

Savvidis is married with Kyriaki Savvidou and has two sons, George and Nick Savvidis.

Savvidis is President of the Federation of Greek Communities of Russia,[9] and was a key figure in pushing for the newly created region by SAEWorld Council of Hellenic Diaspora in the Black Sea countries. Since June (2004) Ivan Savvidis is the president of the Association of Greeks public association Russia (AGOOR) He is also a philanthropist community Pontic Greek (CIS). On his initiative and support since (2007) were made possible an annual pilgrimage to the monastery Sumela Monastery in Trabzon Turkey On Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church (2009) the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church it was representative of Diocese of Novocherkassk and Rostov on don diocese from laymen of the Federation of Greek Communities of Russia.




Public organizations[edit]

  • Medal "Patron of the Year" - for the revival of Russian culture and the Rostov-on-Don region (1999-2009)


  1. ^ "SEKAP -". www.sekap.gr. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Саввиди Иван Игнатьевич". www.duma.gov.ru. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  3. ^ http://m3web.bg, M3 Web -. "Putin's Wealthy Ally behind Sole Bidder for Bulgartabac - Report - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency". Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Οnline, Τα Νέα. "Ιβάν Σαββίδης: Ο 30ός πλουσιότερος Ρώσος". Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e http://www.savvidi.ru/biography/index.html
  6. ^ "Smoke Clears as Laws and Marketing Shift". Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Ανακοίνωση ΠΑΕ ΠΑΟΚ (in Greek). paokfc.gr. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Парламентское Собрание Союза Беларуси и России / Главная страница". www.belrus.ru. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "SAE - Ivan Savvidi re-elected President of the Federation of Greek Communities in Russia (AGOOR) / World Council of Hellenes Abroad". en.sae.gr. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Presidential Decree on September 6, 1999 № & NBSP; 1172". Retrieved 11 June 2017. 

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