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