Milan Beko is a Serbian businessman who was also a government minister in Slobodan Milosevic’s era, during the 1990s. He was also close to Zoran Djindjic, president of the Democratic Party and later Prime Minister of Serbia. Beko had business ties with Cedomir Jovanovic, President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Beko is mentioned in reports of the Anticorruption Council, an independent government body, as a key actor in a number of murky privatizations, among them that of Vecernje Novosti. In 2014 he was shot and wounded in front of his house; those suspected of carrying out this attack are currently on trial.
On Serbian Business Club Privrednik’s website, Beko is mentioned as president of Laderna, a company which "carried out acquisitions of the Port of Belgrade (the biggest development construction project in Serbia), C Market (the biggest retail chain), Novosti (a major newspaper publisher), Granexport (the biggest plant for the production, packaging and distribution of milling products in Serbia), Belgrade Free Trade Zone (considerable storage facilities)".