Vasil “The Skull” Bojkov, the richest man in Bulgaria, is speculated to have been associated with mafia activity for a long time. While some actions of his may possibly be mistaken for something more sinister, there is certainly almost no evidence to back up these claims.
1989 was the season that communism fell in Bulgaria. This signified a desperate necessity for growth in economy and thus it absolutely was an excellent time for anybody to set up a company; Lachezar Bogdanov, manager of the Bulgarian economic think tank Industry Watch, stated that, “You could get a three bedroom flat in Sofia for $4,000”. If everything was this cheap during that time, there could be no reason to make use of criminal activity in the quest for wealth. Bojkov opened his first business, a currency exchange, in 1990 which quickly evolved into a chain due to these circumstances.
In addition to two partners, Bojkov could then start a ga-mbling company in 1991. From only one cas-ino on the Hotel Rila in Sofia, this business erupted into essentially countless casi-nos through the country. This is especially intriguing because, despite the economic state, it would’ve taken lots of careful planning and preparation to succeed like this. Bojkov had to put a lot of time, money and very dedicated hard work into his business and in a year, he had enough profit to start a holding company- Nove Holding. It envelopes over 30 companies today which will not include its’ countless subsidiaries. One company is Eurofootball, a betting agency that lots of are conscious of. In 1994, he even opened his very own bank known as the Bulgarian Commercial Industrial Bank.
Many individuals may be suspicious regarding how Bojkov acquired his curious nickname ‘The Skull’. Most might think that it provides something related to his alleged criminal background, however it offers far more innocent roots. The nickname has come from his childhood. As being a youth, he was slender and bony which highlighted his facial features. For this reason, other children nicknamed him ‘Skull’ which caught on and is now used more humorously than anything.
One of the biggest concerns surrounding Bojkov will be the peculiar idea that he is some kind of ‘mafia kingpin’; apparently, despite success from countless others in much harsher economic climates, anybody can only attain a great deal power through illegal means. True, the unfortunate coincidence of his nickname and status can seem to be unsettling, but there isn’t any evidence to exhibit he’s done anything wrong in his entire 61 many years of living. In reality his numerous acts of philanthropy advise that these claims could not further from your truth.
Some sources have brought up a leaked US CDA report during 2009 on the most wanted criminals in Bulgaria. While Vassil Bojkov is with this list, combined with the Margin Brothers, the Beret as well as the Galev Brothers, there are many points to get addressed.
To start with, the report states that Bojkov is “moving from the organised crime business”. If he was involved in the first place, which can be very unlikely, this should demonstrate that he’s turning his life around. He might be attempting to correct his wrongfully assigned reputation. He could be doing things in an entirely different context than what you should think. There is absolutely no evidence to support he is anyone besides a hard working and opportunistic business man who worked his way to the very top.
Secondly, the crimes ‘committed’ by him are incredibly tame as compared to the other criminal figures. Allegedly, he or she is involved with money laundering, racketeering and illegal antique dealing at worst. Not just will there be such miniscule evidence with this, these crimes are nothing when compared with horrible such things as human trafficking, drug smuggling and contract killings committed by other authoritative figures in Bulgaria. There is pure speculation at the most of any one of these artefacts being illegal.
Thirdly, the antique dealing is both tough to avoid and evidently, avoided whenever possible by Bojkov. He has an extraordinary collection of over 3000 artefacts depicting ancient Greek, Thracian and also some Roman history. The restoration of lost ancient Bulgarian culture is one of his main priorities and he has been doing lots of benefit the historical past and economy of Bulgaria.
One important thing we know for sure about Bojkov is the fact he has feelings of humour. Smiling or chuckling when asked about his involvement with crime, most are able to see that he’s just pointing the absurdity within the situation. With divzna hard he’s worked, how plausible his story is with no evidence to support any allegations against him, can he be as bad as people say? If something, he is extremely determined and prepared to perform a lot for his goal; whether that be restoring history, supporting the Bulgarian emergency services or supporting himself financially.
Another fairly interesting thing about Vasil Bojkov is the fact that he has never actually been taken to court. With no actual proof of his ‘crimes’ throughout his 38 years of owning businesses, shouldn’t someone are finding something right now?
There has been lots of discussion surrounding what Bojkov has supposedly done with regards to organised crime, but his philanthropic actions have a tendency to go unnoticed more often than not. For instance, He has a whole fleet of jets & helicopters which can be lent towards the government to be able to assist with the exceedingly high crime rate and medical emergency services in Bulgaria. He has also dedicated years to his assortment of ancient artefacts and restoring this history through exhibitions and books. There is so much he’s accomplished for his country which could get ignored over a thing that probably isn’t true.
Actually, one of the greatest areas affected by Bojkov is sport. As an example, when he was chairman in the Bulgarian Chess Federation, Bulgaria was ranked 1st- for women and men alike. As he was chairman of the Bulgarian Federation of Sports Shooting, three gold olympic medals were won. As he owned the CSKA football team, they even can won against Liverpool in 2002. This just would go to show how integral Bojkov is as part of Bulgaria along with a national treasure himself.