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Investor, actress and sportswoman: what do we know about the youngest daughter of Defense Minister Ksenia Shoigu

Investor, actress and athlete: what do we know about the youngest daughter of Defense Minister Ksenia Shoigu

Ksenia and Sergei Shoigu

A few weeks ago it became known that the firm of 29-year-old Ksenia Shoigu, daughter of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, received its first state contract: Rosturizm will allocate 29 million rubles for the placement of billboards with sights of Russia. In addition, Ksenia is in charge of the government-funded project "Island of Forts", aimed at the integrated development of Kronstadt as a tourist destination.

Secular and fashion publications are already showing interest in Xenia. Recently in "Dog" there was a fashion shoot with Shoigu, where she poses in outfits from Bottega Veneta, Celine and jewelry from Tous against the background of forts not yet restored. In general, a new heroine of the type that we love in gloss is emerging: origin from a famous family, socially useful activity in the field of the current agenda (in this case, domestic tourism). It's time to get to know her better - we collected some facts in our material.

Ksenia Shoigu Ksenia Shoigu

Family and education

Ksenia Shoigu was born on January 10, 1991 in Moscow in the family of Sergei Shoigu and his wife Irina. She has an older sister, Yulia, who holds the post of director of the Center for Emergency Psychological Assistance of the Russian Emergencies Ministry (recall that before becoming Minister of Defense, Shoigu was Minister of Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief).

Julia, who is 14 years older than Ksenia, was already known to the public and even demanded by glossy publications. So, a lot of material about her came out in Tatler (instead of a photo session in branded clothes, the article, however, included pictures of Yulia in her work uniform). Ksenia was also noticed by the main secular publication and in 2016 was placed on the list of the most enviable brides. But the youngest daughter Shoigu did not become a regular heroine of the gossip column and for a long time was not a very public person, remaining in the shadow of her relatives.

Ksenia Shoigu with her father, mother and older sister Yulia Ksenia Shoigu with her father, mother and older sister Yulia

Yulia Shoigu Yulia Shoigu

Ksenia received her higher education at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Faculty of International Economic Relations. A year before graduation (Shoigu received her diploma in 2013), the girl entered the civil service, becoming an assistant to the deputy head of Rostekhnadzor.


A year later, Ksenia has already continued her career in the financial sector, starting to work at Gazprombank. By 2018, the minister's daughter had grown to the position of advisor to the deputy chairman of the board of Gazprombank.

Shoigu is also serious about investing. So, she is the managing partner of the Sistema SmartTech investment fund, the fourth venture fund of Vladimir Yevtushenkov's corporation, and since last year has been developing the investment company Capital Perform (Ksenia owns a 51% stake), among whose assets is MedPoint24, which provides services for medical examination taxi drivers. The partner of this project is Yandex.Taxi.

Ksenia Shoigu with her father Ksenia Shoigu with her father

Having acquired a stake in Capital Perform, Ksenia also became a co-owner of the construction company Consortium Energoresurs, part of whose projects are related to the World Cup in Qatar, scheduled for 2022 (the company even has its own branch in Doha).

In an interview with RT channel in 2019, Shoigu confirmed that the company is taking part in consultations on the construction of facilities.

Ksenia Shoigu with Margarita Simonyan Ksenia Shoigu with Margarita Simonyan

Last year, Ksenia became the deputy chairman of the investment committee for the development of the tourism potential of Kronstadt.

The project called "Kronstadt. Island of Forts", which includes the construction of a tourist and recreational cluster with hotels, an oceanarium, museum and public spaces, was presented to the Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov and Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in June 2019. In 2020, the government has already allocated 4.5 billion rubles for the reconstruction of two forts.


Ksenia's public life began with a scandal - she became known to the general public in 2009, after information appeared in the press that a house worth $ 9 million in Barvikha was purchased in her name. This property in the declaration of Sergei Shoigu was listed as a gift to his youngest daughter. Later, the house was rewritten to one of the relatives, and the scandal in the press gradually subsided.

Ksenia Shoigu with Ramzan Kadyrov Ksenia Shoigu with Ramzan Kadyrov

Personal life

According to official information, Ksenia is not married. Shoigu carefully hides his personal life from curious strangers. The minister's daughter had almost never talked to the press before - she gave the first major interview to the Sobaka edition, but she didn’t mention anything personal there either, and the whole conversation was mainly devoted to work on the project for the reconstruction of Kronstadt.

Ksenia Shoigu

Kinds of sports

If you look at Ksenia's instagram, you can be sure that she is a big fan of an active lifestyle: she loves fishing, rides a bicycle and participates in races. Several years ago she also decided to turn her hobby into a business.

Since 2013, Shoigu has been the organizer of the Race of Heroes military sports movement. The competition is based on a relatively new, but dynamically developing sport OCR (short for obstacle course training - trainings on the obstacle course), based on the training program for special forces soldiers. The main discipline of the competition is obstacle course races.

Ksenia has already held several competitions abroad. Things went so well that the "League of Heroes" company was organized, which brings together all the events and competitions that Shoigu organizes, because their number has grown over the years.

Now it includes the ZaBeg semi-marathon, Ninja OCR format competitions, and the Heroes Arena project. The anthem for the Race of Heroes in 2019 was recorded by rapper Basta (real name Vasily Vakulenko).

Ксения Шойгу и БастаKsenia Shoigu and Basta

The choice of the artist was not accidental. According to some reports, Ksenia herself really likes Basta's work and they are friendly, in addition, before that, the rapper's song "My Game" was the unofficial anthem of the competition.


Ksenia is fluent in English and Chinese, and is also studying Arabic. Ksenia's main hobby is sports tourism. She has taken part in half marathons in St. Petersburg, Vladivostok and Singapore. On her Instagram, the girl admitted that she loves to cook, unless you need to do it all the time, but for the soul, Ksenia is ready to be a cook.

Ksenia Shoigu

Of the musical genres, Xenia, obviously, is most impressed by rap and hip-hop. So, Decl's death hurt her very much, and she even dedicated a separate post to the performer.

There seems to be no person who has not heard his songs at school. Thanks for contributing to our hip hop,

- wrote Xenia.

There was also an acting experience in Shoigu's life. She starred in a cameo role in Nikita Mikhalkov's film Burnt by the Sun 2. But Ksenia decided not to continue her film career.

Ksenia Shoigu in the movie "Burnt by the Sun 2"Ksenia Shoigu in the movie "Burnt by the Sun 2"

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