Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic Biography

Published On Jan 08, 2018
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Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, born on 29 April 1968, to a Canadian parent, 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.

Talking about her personal life and affair, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has been married 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 23 April 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 $100 million. 

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Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was born on 29 April 1968

April 29 , 1968

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was born on 29 April 1968, to a Canadian parent, Doubrava Grabar and Branko Grabar in Rijeka, Croatia, then part of Yugoslavia. She was raised mainly in her parents' village of Lompoc.

She graduated from the George Washington University.

2002

She applied for a full bright for studying international relations and security policy. She eventually moved to the United States and enrolled at the George Washington University. After graduating, she returned to Croatia and continued to live in Rijeka.

head of the new ministry as Minister of Forei in 2005

2005

After the separate Ministries of Foreign Affairs and European Integration were merged in 2005 Grabar-Kitarovic was nominated to become the head of the new ministry as Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration.

married to her loving husband Jakov Kitarovic

1996

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has been married to her loving husband Jakov Kitarovic, a corporate security consultant in AD Plastik, the largest Croatian manufacturer of plastic parts for the car industry.

She was elected the president of Croatia

February 15 , 2015

Grabar-Kitarovic won 50.7% of the vote in the presidential election, which made her the country's first conservative president in 15 years. She was ceremonially sworn into office on 15 February.

She has an estimated net worth of $100 million

2018

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 $100 million.