This year’s World Economic Forum in Davos has attracted a high-profile Ukrainian contingent. Prominent Ukrainian business figure Oleksandr Yaroslavsky was among the guests to arrive at the Swiss resort on 25 January, attending events accompanied by his wife Marina. The owner and president of DCH Group is a regular feature at the annual WEF gathering in the Swiss Alps. “This is where the most pressing issues facing humanity are discussed, which makes it the perfect place to gain a better understanding of the global agenda,” Yaroslavsky told reporters in Davos. “It is also a great opportunity to interact with the kind of interesting people who you might not otherwise come into contact with during the course of ordinary business life.”
Former British Labour Party leader and Prime Minister Tony Blair was among his interlocutors this year. Yaroslavsky and the three-time UK PM spoke on the sidelines at Davos during sessions on Thursday. The Ukrainian also spent time with top American executive Jamie Dimon, who currently serves as chairman, CEO and president at JPMorgan Chase, the largest of the Big Four American banks. Dimon has long been a fixture in ratings of the most influential people in the American business world and has repeatedly appeared in Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. His is also one of the few bank chief executives to become a billionaire in his own right, thanks largely to a stake in JPMorgan Chase.
Yaroslavsky’s Davos visits have previously involved major business announcements. In 2017, he and Ivan Glasenberg, who holds the largest private stake in the world’s biggest commodity trader, Glencore, announced plans to participate jointly in the privatization of Turboatom.