Several Romanians made headlines in 2014 with their performances, some of them unexpected. From politics and business to sports, science and art, here are Romania’s biggest winners in 2014:
Klaus Iohannis – The former mayor of Sibiu won the presidential elections in November 2014 after a spectacular comeback against PM Victor Ponta. He also became Europe’s most popular politician on Facebook and one of the best-selling authors in Romania this year, with his autobiography Step by Step (Pas cu Pas). Iohannis became Romania’s president on December 21, 2014.
Simona Halep – Romania’s tennis star made it to the big league in 2014. She won several important tournaments, played a memorable final in Ronald Garros and went up to number two in the WTA ranking in August. She played the final of the WTA Finals in Singapore, in November, after a memorable victory against Serena Williams (No.1 WTA) and ended the year third in the WTA ranking of the best women’s tennis players in the world.
Adrian Ghenie – The young Romanian painter became the best-selling Romanian artist ever and the top selling young artist in the world in 2014 after his paintings sold for millions in international auctions.
Stefan W. Hell – The Romanian-born German biochemist won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2014, which he shared with two American chemists.
Ionut Budisteanu –Romania’s most promising young inventor won the gold medal in this year’s Brussels Eureka! Competition and other international prizes.