World news – Czech billionaire Petr Kellner dies in a helicopter crash in Alaska

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Petr Kellner, the richest person in the Czech Republic with a net worth of over $ 13 billion, died in a helicopter crash in Alaska at the age of 56, his spokeswoman said on Monday.

Kellner, who said his Meticulously protected privacy, owned the PPF Group for finance, telecommunications, engineering and insurance, which employs 94,000 people worldwide.

« It is with great regret that we announce that the founder and majority shareholder of the PPF Group, Mr. Petr Kellner, tragically died in a helicopter crash in the Alaska Range on Saturday, « PPF group spokeswoman Jitka Tkadlecova told AFP.

 » The causes of the accident, in which five people died, will be investigated, « she added.

Forbes magazine put Kellner’s fortune in 2020 at 293 billion Czech crowns (11.2 billion euros, 13.2 billion US dollars).

Kellner, who is Business t started selling photocopiers, founded the PPF Group in 1991, two years after the fall of communism in the former Czechoslovakia.

The group, with global assets of 44 billion euros, includes Home Credit International, the world’s largest non-bank – Lender with extensive activities in the Chinese market.

PPF recently acquired the CME media group, which operates TV companies in Central and Eastern Europe, and Telenor’s telecommunications equipment in the Balkans.

Kellner’s daughter Anna Kellnerova is a two-time Czech junior show jumping champion aiming to perform at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and published from a syndicated feed.)

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