Konstantin Lvovich Ernst: born 6 February 1961 is a Soviet and Russian media manager, producer and TV host. He is currently the CEO of Channel One Russia.
His father Lev Konstantinovich Ernst, of German descent, was a Soviet biologist and Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He carried out research on genetics, biotechnology, selection of agricultural animals and cloning. Konstantin Ernst's mother is Svetlana Nilovna Golevinova, a financial officer.
Ernst spent his childhood and youth in Leningrad, where his father had been appointed Head of a new research center. Konstantin graduated from High School No. 35 located on the Vassilyevsky Island and in 1983 got a degree from the Biology and Soil Department of the Leningrad State University. As a child, Konstantin was fascinated by painting, in particular, the work of the Soviet avant-garde painter Alexander Labas.