Leaders

Andrej Kiska

Andrej Kiska

Andrej Kiska
Andrej Kiska in Senate of Poland.jpg
 
4th President of Slovakia
Incumbent
Assumed office
15 June 2014
Prime Minister Robert Fico
Preceded by Ivan Gašparovič
 
Personal details
Born (1963-02-02) 2 February 1963 (age 54)
Poprad, Czechoslovakia
(now Slovakia)
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Martina Kisková
Children 5
Alma mater Slovak University of
Technology
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Andrej Kiska (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈandrej ˈkiska]; born 2 February 1963) is a Slovak entrepreneur, writer 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. He wrote two books about happiness, successes and his life.

Contents

  • 1 Entrepreneurial career
  • 2 Philanthropy
  • 3 Election as President
  • 4 Foreign policy

Entrepreneurial career

Kiska was born in Poprad. He studied electrical engineering. His father was an active member of ruling Comunist Party of Czecho-Slovakia. He also applied for Comunist party membership, but was rejected. [4]

In 1990, after the Velvet Revolution, he moved to the United States.[5] Later he founded Triangel and Quatro,[6] 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.[7]

Tax authorities accused his co-owned company KTAG (with his brother Jaroslav) of tax non-compliance and under-payments, regarding expenses for his presidential campaign. Company eventually agreed, paid the taxes and penalty. [8][9]

Philanthropy

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).[6][10] By 2016, more than 170,000 people have donated to this organization in Slovakia.[11] In 2014 Good Angel expanded their activities also to Czech Republic, where 60.000 are paying their monthly contributions in 2016.[12]

In addition to that, Kiska donates his monthly presidential salary to people in need.

Election as President

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.[13] He took office on 15 June 2014.[14]

Foreign policy

Andrej Kiska supports Kosovo independence and is in favour of Slovakia diplomatically recognising Kosovo as an independent sovereign state.[15][16] Kiska has also come out against Russia over the Ukraine conflict and supports sanctions
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