Novinite “Personality in the News” 2013 Results

Society | February 20, 2014, Thursday // 15:09

The 13th edition of the "Personality in the News" attracted over 15,000 readers of and to elect the most deserving nominees.

"Personality in the News 2013" was split in six categories; Politics, Business, Diplomacy, Sports, Culture, and Charity. Voting was open from December 2013 to February 2014.

Here are the official results:


Irina Bokova – 2,188

Irina Bokova was elected to the post of Director General of UNESCO in 2009, becoming the first woman and Eastern European to head the organization. In 2013, she was re-elected for a second term.


Boyko Borisov (former Prime Minister of Bulgaria) – 2,035

Plamen Oresharski (Prime Minister of Bulgaria) – 1,406


Ekkehard Neureither and Ivaylo Penchev – 966

Ekkehard Neureither is the country manager for Bulgaria of ABB, a leader in power and automation technologies. He was appointed to the post in June 2013.



Ivaylo Penchev is the founder and CEO of Walltopia, a leading global producer of climbing walls, with over 15 years of experience in the field.



Orlin Popov (Happy Sushi general manager) - 593


H.E. Takashi Koizumi – 1,315

The Japanese Ambassador to Bulgaria has been working hard to popularize the country in Japan and to attract Japanese tourists and investors. He is fond of Bulgarian culture and speaks the language fluently.


H.E. Jonathan Allen (UK Ambassador) – 1,026

H.E. Matthias Hoepfner (German Ambassador) – 926


Grigor Dimitrov – 2,408

Bulgaria's top tennis player marked a memorable 2013, in which he won his first ATP tournament (in Stockholm), and defeated the world number 1 at the time Novak Djokovic. He managed to break into the top 20 of the world rankings.


Kubrat Pulev (boxer) – 1,205

Stiliyan Petrov (retired footballer) – 849


Vesko Eschkenazy – 1,759

The renowned violinist has been performing around the world. He has been a concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam since 1999.



Vladimir Penev (actor) – 852

Georgi Gospodinov (writer) – 731


Elder Dobri – 3,881

Dyado Dobri (Elder Dobri) has made headlines in Bulgaria for his dedication to the church. The 99-year-old man walks 10 km each day from his home village of Baylovo to Sofia in order to beg for money, which he later donates to the church. He becomes the absolute winner of the Personality in the News for 2013.

Ivanka Shalapatova (Executive Director of the 'For Our Children Foundation') – 435

Vasil Vasilev (businessman) – 411

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