Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is a Croatian politician and diplomat currently serving as the 4th and current President of Croatia since 2015. Also, the former Ambassador of Croatia to the United States and Assistant Secretary General of NATO for Public Diplomacy. Kolinda, 50, is the first woman to be elected to the office since the first multi-party elections in 1990.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was born as Kolinda Grabar on April 29, 1968, to Canadian parents: Doubrava Grabar and Branko Grabar in Rijeka, Croatia, then part of Yugoslavia. She graduated from the Los Alamos High School and further joined the University of Zagreb, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish languages and literature. Regarding her nationality, she is a Canadian citizen of white ethnicity.
Grabar-Kitarovic was appointed as an advisor to the international cooperation department of the Ministry of Science and Technology and she joined the Croatian Democratic Union. She became the head of the North American department of the Foreign ministry for two years. The structure of the new government led by HDZ chairman Ivo Sanader made her the Minister of European integration.
Grabar-Kitarovic was appointed as the Croatian Ambassador to the United States, where she replaced Neven Jurica in 2008. After winning the presidential election, she was officially sworn into the office. She became the first woman in Europe to defeat an incumbent president running for reelection, as well as the second woman in the world to do so.
In 2015, she was appointed as the 4th president of Croatia and is currently under her tenured service.
Talking about her personal life and affair, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has been married since 1996 to her loving husband Jakov Kitarovic, a corporate security consultant in AD Plastik, the largest Croatian manufacturer of plastic parts for the car industry.
The couple together has two children, Katarina, born on April 23, 2001, and Luka, born in 2003. She speaks Croatian, English, Spanish and Portuguese fluently and understands German, French and Italian.
The couple has a blissful life without any divorce rumors. The 48-year-old, youngest president ever of Croatia as well as the first woman to be elected to the office, Grabar-Kitarovic, as of 2018 has an estimated net worth of $90 million while her monthly salary is reported to be $5,452.