What Is Vadym Prystaiko’s Net Worth? The Ukrainian Politician’s Fortune Explored Amid Being Fired

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Zelensky sacks his ambassador to the UK after he backed Ben Wallace in a row over ‘being grateful’ for Ukraine war weapons. His net worth is explored.

Vadym Volodymyrovych Prystaiko is a Ukrainian diplomatic politician and businessman.

He served as Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, a position he was first appointed by the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, on 20 July 2020.

However, on 21 July 2023, Zelensky sacked his ambassador to Britain after he backed Ben Wallace in a row over saying thank you for weapons.

Zelensky issued a decree dismissing Ambassador Vadym Prystaiko with immediate effect.

But what did Vadym Prystaiko say that infuriated President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to sack him and what is his net worth?

Profile Summary

Celerbated Name:Vadym Prystaiko
Net Worth:$1 million to $5 million
Profession:Businessman and Politician
Known As: Ambassador of Ukraine to the United Kingdom (2020–2023)
Company:Electronni Visti
Full Real Name:Vadym Volodymyrovych Prystaiko
Date of Birth:February 20, 1970 (age 53 years)
Birthplace:Odesa, Ukraine
Education: Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute
Wife:Inna Prystaiko
Children:Andrii Prystaiko, Volodymyr Prystaiko
Vadym Prystaiko was given 'dressing-downs' by Ukrainian officials after backing Ben Wallace's comments about the supply of weapons to his nation
Vadym Prystaiko was given ‘dressing-downs’ by Ukrainian officials after backing Ben Wallace’s comments about the supply of weapons to his nation. Credit: Getty

What did Vadym Prystaiko say and why was he sacked?

Prystaiko, a former foreign minister, stood up for Britain’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace after a spat at last week’s Nato summit.

Wallace said Ukraine needed to show more gratitude and not treat Britain and its allies like an Amazon weapons delivery service.

Prystaiko said Zelensky was wrong to respond by mocking Wallace – one of Ukraine’s biggest cheerleaders.

Prystaiko also accused Zelensky of playing to Russian hands by revealing top-level splits in public.

He said: “I don’t believe this sarcasm is healthy.”

He also told Sky News: “We don’t have to show the Russians that we have something between us.

“They have to know we are working together.”

Wallace echoed US concerns that “doubting politicians” and members of the public wanted to see more thanks for their donations.

He said: “Whether we like it or not, people want to see gratitude.

“You know, we’re not Amazon. I told them that last year, when I drove 11 hours to be given a list.”

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan earlier said: “The American people do deserve a degree of gratitude.”

But Zelensky, a former stand-up comedian quipped: “We can wake up in the morning and thank the minister.”

Asked about Wallace’s comments, he added: “Let him write to me and tell me how to thank him.”

The Defence Secretary had urged Ukraine not to treat its allies like an Amazon delivery service
The Defence Secretary had urged Ukraine not to treat its allies like an Amazon delivery service. Credit: Alamy

Speaking at a press conference, Zelensky called out to his Defence Minister, Oleksii Reznikov, and asked: “Oleksii, you are here.

“Do you have bad relations with the defence minister?”

Reznikov replied: “Amazing!”

Amid a ripple of laughter Zelensky switched to English and said: “That’s great. You have to call him. Please.”

PM Rishi Sunak was quick to back Zelensky and distanced himself from Wallace’s remarks.

Allies of the Defence Secretary said: “You don’t ridicule your allies.”

Wallace, a former Army officer, led the charge with weapons donations including NLAW, Brimstone and Storm Shadow missiles, GMLRS and Star Streak rocket launchers and Challenger 2 tanks.

Wallace announced plans to step down at the next cabinet reshuffle after four years in the post.

He had hoped to be appointed as the boss of Nato – but US President Biden black-balled the UK bid to be Secretary General.

Prystaiko’s comments sparked fury in Kyiv after they were widely picked up on Russian TV.

The Sun revealed on Thursday that Prystaiko had faced a series of furious dressing downs from Kyiv.

Ukrainian president Zelensky was accused of 'sarcasm' by his ambassador to the UK
Ukrainian president Zelensky was accused of ‘sarcasm’ by his ambassador to the UK. Credit: Alamy

President Zelensky issued a tersely worded decree “to dismiss Vadym Prystaik from the position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenpotentiary of Ukraine to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”.

He was also sacked from his role as permanent representative to the International Organisation of Migration.

British officials insisted Prystaiko has served as a vital link with Kyiv’s war time government and they praised his skills conveying Ukraine’s urgent demands with diplomacy.

But a UK source said: “Kyiv won’t accept any criticism of Zelensky.”

He was last seen in public at Wimbledon’s Centre Court last week, when he watched Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina knocked out in the semi-final.

He later left the Royal Box to boycott a match with a Belarusian player in protest at that country’s support for Russia’s bloodbath invasion.

What Is Vadym Prystaiko's Net Worth? The Ukrainian Politician's Fortune Explored Amid Being Fired
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What is Vadym Prystaiko’s net worth?

Ukrainian politician Vadym Prystaiko (real name: Vadym Volodymyrovych Prystaiko) has an estimated current net worth between $1 million and $5 million.

He earned his fortune from his years in politics. He was the ambassador of Ukraine to the United Kingdom, appointed in 2020. Three years later he was fired by the country’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Prystaiko began his career in the private business sector. He was a co-founder of one of the first Ukrainian Internet providers and electronic media Electronni Visti.

He was the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and former Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine.

Between 2014 and 2019, he was also the Ukrainian ambassador to Canada between 2012 and 2014 and the head of the Mission of Ukraine to NATO from 7 July 2017 to 29 August 2019.

In May 2019, Prystaiko served as the Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration for foreign policy issues. 

He is a member of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine since 31 May 2019. 

He is also the former Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, serving from 4 March 2020 to 4 June 2020.