Czech Billionaire Petr Kellner Dies In Alaska Helicopter Crash

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Czech media stated Petr Kellner was on a heli-skiing journey.


Petr Kellner, the Czech Republic’s wealthiest individual with a fortune topping $13 billion, died aged 56 in a helicopter crash in Alaska, his spokeswoman stated on Monday.

Kellner, who meticulously guarded his privateness, owned the monetary, telecommunications, engineering and insurance coverage PPF Group, which employs 94,000 individuals worldwide.

“With deep remorse we announce that PPF Group founder and majority shareholder Mr Petr Kellner died tragically in a helicopter crash within the Alaska Vary on Saturday,” PPF Group spokeswoman Jitka Tkadlecova informed AFP.

“The causes of the accident, by which 5 individuals died in complete, are being investigated,” she added.

Czech media stated Kellner was on a heli-skiing journey.

The Forbes journal put Kellner’s wealth in 2020 at 293 billion Czech crowns (11.2 billion euros, $13.2 billion).

Kellner, who began his enterprise promoting copy machines, based the PPF Group in 1991, two years after the autumn of Communism within the former Czechoslovakia.

The group with world property price 44 billion euros contains Residence Credit score Worldwide, the world’s largest non-banking shopper lender with intensive actions on the Chinese language market.

PPF not too long ago purchased the CME media group operating TV firms in central and japanese Europe, in addition to Telenor’s telecommunications property within the Balkans.

Kellner’s daughter Anna Kellnerova is a two-time Czech junior present leaping champion with an ambition to look on the Tokyo Olympics this summer season.

Kellner’s funeral will happen “in a slender household circle”, Tkadlecova stated.

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