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Since Petro Poroshenko went into politics 15 years ago he has not been involved in day-to-day business.

Petro Poroshenko is one of Ukraine's richest and most successful businessmen.

He's known as the Chocolate King as he owns dozens of companies, including the Roshen chocolate brand. He employs more than 30,000 people.

These days he is not involved in the operational running of any business, but operates as an investor and strategist.

He is very aware of the disparity between rich and poor in Ukraine.

"It's not polite to spend too much money in a poor country, that's why I don't have a Rolls Royce, I don't have some very expensive things… it is not right to spend big money in a poor country."

He says he withdraws no more than 5% of the businesses profit per year, less than $1m.

"I think that Ukraine is not rich country, and it is not expensive to live here."

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