A Confectionery Billionaire to Compete for Ukrainian Presidency

He's known as Ukraine's "Chocolate King". Now the billionaire oligarch and politician Petro Poroshenko—who earned his fortune with a chain of confectionary shops—is the front-runner in Ukraine's presidential elections. He's up against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a popular but divisive figure. In the recent Ukrainian uprising, Poroshenko came down on the side of the pro-Europe "Euromaidan" movement, appearing with opposition leaders on Independence Square.

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