Forbes Names Banker Tsvetan Vassilev Most Influential Bulgarian
The Bulgarian edition of Forbes Magazine has unveiled its ranking of the top 50 most influential persons in the country, the list being topped by banker Tsvetan Vassilev.
Tsvetan Vasilev, director of the Corporate Commercial Bank, is followed by Ahmed Dogan, honorary lifetime leader of Bulgaria's liberal, predominantly ethnic Turkish party, DPS.
Ivo Kamenov, Marin Mitev, Tihomir Mitev, owners of Chimimport consortium, come in at the next three spots.
Bulgarian Socialist Party leader and PES President Sergey Stanishev is ranked sixth in the list, followed by media mogul and member of parliament Delyan Peevski.
Forbes Bulgaria has stated that its criteria for the top 50 most influential Bulgarians are the same as those for its world top 30: number of people over which the person in question has power, the amount and kind of resources at his or her disposal, and the degree of active change he or she effects on the country.
Among the 50 persons singled out by Forbes to be most influential for Bulgaria at the present moment are 28 politicians, 20 business people and 2 NGO representatives.
“This is not a ranking of good or bad heroes. It is based on a clear methodology and measures the influence people wield, regardless of whether this changes the country for better or for worse,” Yordan Mateev, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Bulgaria, commented.
Last year the Bulgarian edition of Forbes Magazine published its first top 30 most influential persons in Bulgaria list.
Predictably, the list was topped by Bulgaria's ubiquitous and manly former prime minister Boyko Borisov, the then leader of the former ruling center-right GERB party.
Interestingly, the top 10 featured four officials from GERB party, which was ruling at the time.
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