Ivan had always been a man of deception and smart business practices. From a young age he was able to swindle classmates into doing petty things for him, either getting them to do homework for a small price or in later years scoring some drugs that he would sell for higher profit. Ivan was born in Bulgaria, but at a young age his parents moved to Novigrad, Chernarus where he mostly grew up. After finishing school he was drafted into the CDF. After two years of service, Ivan was shot in the knee during operations in Takistan, part of the 313th “Elektrický” Signals and Electronic Warfare Company. He was no longer able to serve in the CDF so he made the decision to move to America. Due to his family’s wealth, he had no issues borrowing money from them to start his business in America. While there, he started up a popular barber shop, which was a front for his criminal enterprise. Quickly growing, his small barbershop turned into a chain store that spread throughout the Los Angeles area. However, his criminal enterprise started to grab the attention of the police. Ivan had to flee back to Chernarus where his family still lived. He was able to bring more wealth to his family due to his criminal activates in America. Right before the outbreak, Ivan was spending money lavishly to spoil himself and his family, buying a yacht he would have docked at his family home in Utes. However, as fate would have it, Ivan decided to dock at Berezino one night. Chernarus was still in a state of constant conflict, but Ivan was able to bribe both sides of the fight to leave him and his family alone. The military closed the dock needing it for military imports. This left Ivan stuck on the mainland and unable to return to Utes. Then as the infection began to spread across the country Ivan would have been further stuck in the country. Yet, Ivan has been able to survive mostly due to his training while he was in the CDF and the connving activities he has been up too since he was a kid.