Anton Cherepennikov named GQ Businessman of the Year

On September 10, 2018, the award ceremony was held for GQ Man of the Year 2018. In the Businessman of the Year category, the award by the popular men’s magazine went to Anton Cherepennikov, the director and a board member of ESforce Holding.

In an open vote for the best entrepreneur of 2018, Anton Cherepennikov came ahead of Pavel Durov, creator of the popular Telegram messenger, Maxim Firsov and Sergey Polissar, former owners of the FoodFox startup, Andrey Krivenko, founder of the VkusVill retail chain, and Dmitry Volkov, patron of the Garazh Museum. The winner's story of his esports business journey is available at

Anton Cherepennikov was among the pioneers of electronic sports in Russia and the CIS. A former esports player, Anton is a co-owner and the conceptual inspirer of ESforce, the largest esports holding in Europe. ESforce integrates all key areas of the esports business, from organizing international tournaments and professional content creation to publishing and advertising activities, as well as online retail sales of esports-themed merchandise. The holding currently owns over 220 popular online resources with a combined audience of 12 million followers and 114 million annual unique visitors, which provide a 90-percent reach to esports broadcast viewers in Russia and the CIS, as well as access to a significant share of relevant international audiences. In 2018, ESforce became part of Russia's largest technology company, Group.

In 2018, GQ readers voted in the following categories: Actor of the Year, Breakthrough of the Year, Musician of the Year, Director of the Year, Businessman of the Year, Producer of the Year, TV Face, Restaurateur of the Year, Athlete of the Year, Politician of the Year, and Author of the Year. The list of award winners will appear in the October issue of the magazine. A full list is available at