Ivica Todorić

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Ivica Todorić
Born 1951
Zagreb, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (present-day Zagreb, Republic of Croatia)
Residence Zagreb, Croatia
Nationality Croatian
Alma mater University in Zagreb
Occupation Chairman of Agrokor
Net worth Increase 2 bilion (2017)[1]

Ivica Todorić (pronounced [îʋit͜sa tôdorit͜ɕ]; born 1951, Zagreb) is a Croatian businessman. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Agrokor Group – the largest privately owned company in Croatia and one of the leading ones in southeast Europe according to total revenues. The operations of Agrokor Group are focused on two core businesses: food and drinks production and retail.

Biography[edit]

Ivica Todorić was born in 1951. His mother Ivana was a teacher from Kloštar Ivanić (province of Zagreb). His father, Ante Todorić, was a prominent figure in the agricultural area of Socialist Republic of Croatia: he was the chief engineer and director of Bozjakovina farm in Dugo Selo, where Todorić grew up. He went to school in Zagreb, where he also graduated from the Faculty of Economics.[2] He went to school with former prime minister Nikica Valentić.[3]

In 1976, Ivica Todorić launched a private production and trading of flowers. In a few years he expanded the business throughout former Yugoslavia. Business then began to expand into new opportunities - import and export of cereals, oil-crops, fruits and vegetables, and in 1989 Agrokor was registered as a joint stock company, with Todorić becoming its 100% stockholder. By acquiring agricultural processing and food production companies, as well as retail stores, Agrokor grew to become a leading regional conglomerate.[2] He seized the opportunity of the war to acquire new assets.[4]

Agrokor's operations accelerated during the Franjo Tuđman presidency.[4] In 1993, Ivica Todorić obtained a very advantageous loan from the Zagrebačka banka to acquire the First Croatian Oil Factory and DIP Turopolje.[3] In 1994, Agrokor acquired wholesale retailer Unikonzum and frozen goods company Ledo.[4] Today the group includes leading producers of food and drinks and the largest Croatian retail chain. In 2013, Agrokor bought Mercator, Slovenia’s biggest retailer and largest employer, for 240 million euros.[5] In 2014, Agrokor hired Rothschild & Co to prepare an IPO.[6]

Ivica Todorić was one of the founders and the first president of the Croatian Employers' Association, founded in 1993. He is a supporter of humanitarian, cultural, ecological, educational, athletic and other events.

Personal life[edit]

Ivica Todorić is married to Vesna Bašić-Todorić; the couple has three children – a daughter, Iva, and two sons – Ante and Ivan.[2] All three children hold senior positions within Agrokor.[4] The family's residence is the Kulmer Castle in Zagreb.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The richest men in the Balkans". Balkan Insight. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ivica Todorić, President of The Agrokor Group". Afrokor.hr. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  3. ^ a b c "How Ivica Todoric Built His Empire". Arhiva.dalje.com. 2007-09-25. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  4. ^ a b c d Andrew Macdowell (13 October 2013). "Croatia tycoon's food empire began with a greenhouse". Ft.com. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  5. ^ Adrew Macdowall (19 June 2013). "Agrokor-Mercator deal creates food and retail combine with €7bn sales". Ft.com. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  6. ^ Freya Berry; Pamela Barbaglia (26 November 2014). "Croatian retailer Agrokor lines up Rothschild for $5 billion listing: sources". Reuters.com. Retrieved 2016-07-08.