Petr Kellner, the Czech Republic’s richest man, used to be one in every of five of us killed when their helicopter crashed on a skiing time out in Alaska.
The 56-one year-primitive used to be among the passengers and pilot killed on Saturday in the crash shut to Knik glacier north-east of Anchorage, Alaska yell troopers said. One survivor used to be taken to medical institution, they said, adding the neighborhood had been on a heliski tour.
Kellner averted public consideration nonetheless used to be known to be a alive to skier. A portray of him snowboarding used to be published in an annual chronicle of his investment neighborhood, PPF.
In an announcement the corporate expressed “deepest agonize” on the dying of its founder. He is survived by his companion, Renata, and 4 kids.
Kellner used to be a towering business figure of the Czech post-communist technology, along with his wealth estimated at $17.5bn (£12.6bn), according to Forbes. He began out selling photocopying machines as the country opened up after the 1989 Velvet Revolution.
He dwelling up PPF with companions to recall section in the country’s privatisation of a total bunch of yell-owned companies. The neighborhood expanded into finance, telecommunications, manufacturing, media and biotech, amassing resources of €44bn by mid-2020.
PPF is the main proprietor of a neighborhood of telecoms companies in central and eastern Europe including O2 Czech Republic. It furthermore owns House Credit, an early entrant into the Chinese individual lending market, which began lending there as the first absolutely in a foreign country-owned company in 2010. The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, has sought warm kinfolk with China, and Kellner took section in Zeman’s meeting with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, in China 2014.
“The president held Petr Kellner in excessive maintain for his business success and is immensely sorry for his tragic dying,” Zeman’s spokesperson said.
PPF is in the meanwhile acquiring a stake in Moneta Cash Bank and has proposed merging it with its Air Bank and system of House Credit. Moneta shares were down 2.7% in morning alternate.