A surgeon by education, worked as a former director of the printing house "Ukraine" and as a Head of the Odesa State Regional Administration, who did not want to resign
Maksym Stepanov was born in 1975 in the city of Skovorodino, Amur Region (Russian Federation).
In 1998 he graduated from Donetsk State Medical University with the degree of a surgeon, in 2004 - Kyiv National Economic University ("international economics").
In 1999, Stepanov was appointed a Deputy General Director of the "Trade House "Gas Ukraine" company, a subsidiary of Naftogaz-Ukraine.
Two years later, he took the post of deputy general director of CJSC Veche Industrial and Financial company and worked in the State Tax Administration of Ukraine in 2003-2004.
From 2004 to 2008, he was the head of the board of directors of the Republican Legal Union LLC.
For the next two years, Stepanov was the first deputy head of the Odesa Regional State Administration - Mykola Serdyuk, and then, in 2011, he took the chair of the director of the state-owned enterprise "Ukraina" Polygraphkombinat until 2016.
In December 2016, Stepanov won the competition for the position of the head of the Odesa Regional State Administration, outstripped 30 of his competitors, and in January 2017 he was introduced as the new head of the regional state administration.
In 2019, the then president Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on the dismissal of Stepanov, but he refused to leave the post and said that the president had exceeded his authority, and Cabinet of Ministers should make decisions like this.
In April of 2019, the government approved his dismissal.
According to the declaration, filed by Stepanov in May 2019, his wife owns an apartment in Kyiv with a total area of 340.9 square meters and a parking lot. The family of the newly appointed Head of the Ministry of Health also owns the right to rent an apartment in Odesa with an area of 196.3 square meters.
Stepanov’s wife has two elite cars: the 2013 Lexus GX460, worth over $30,000, and the 2016 Lexus LX 450, for over $110,000. The minister himself drives a Range Rover for $100,000.
The Stepanovs also declared more than 10 expensive pieces of jewelry and watches, including Rolex, Breguet, Piaget. The Minister’s wife also declared a fur coat.