President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. Photo/REUTERS
TEL AVIV – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was not included in this year’s list of the 50 “most influential Jews”, compiled annually by Israel’s leading newspaper, the Jerusalem Post.
Zelensky topped that list in 2022 amid the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
This year, the top spot on the newspaper’s list was won by Sam Altman, CEO of the United States (US)-based IT company OpenAI which created the ChatGPT chatbot.
The businessman was followed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who finished second and third among the “most influential Jews” in 2023.
The Jerusalem Post also gave an honorable mention to the late Russian businessman and founder of the Russian private military company Wagner Group, Evgeny Prigozhin, despite his ranking outside the top 50, at 52nd.
“The entrepreneur, who had a Jewish stepfather, turned a hot dog stand into an upscale restaurant empire,” the newspaper said.
The newspaper added his legacy had been “strengthened” by his role as chairman of the Wagner Group.
Zelensky’s name is now no longer visible on the list. The Post did not provide any explanation for its decision not to include the Ukrainian leader on this year’s list.
In September 2022, the newspaper ranked Zelensky first on the list before moving him to second, behind Israel’s then prime minister, Yair Lapid.