PRAGUE (AP) – Czech politicians and friends paid tribute to Peter Kellner, the country’s richest man, who died in a helicopter crash in Alaska. He was 56 years old.
Kellner was one of five people, including the pilot, who died in an accident on Saturday. One person survived.
“An incredible tragedy,” said Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babis, who offered his condolences to the family. “I am very sorry for that.”
The Eurocopter AS50 crashed under unknown circumstances 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Anchorage on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. On Sunday, the 35th, the Federal Aviation Administration announced. Authorities say the site of the crash was near the Masjid Glacier.
Kellner had a 98.93% stake in PPP Group International Investment Company. His fortune was estimated by Forbes at $ 17.4 billion.
PPF Group confirmed his death.
The group operates in 25 countries in Europe, Asia and North America with assets of € 44 billion ($ 52 billion). Its business includes financial services, financial services, telecommunications, media, biotechnology, real estate and mechanical engineering.
Kellner was a former co-owner of the Czech Slavia Prague football club. The club tweeted that “Slavia would like to extend its sincere condolences to Mr Kellner’s family and friends.”
Kellner maintained a low profile in society and rarely spoke to the media.
In a statement sent through the Czech agency CTK, PPF Group asked people to respect family privacy. It says that the funeral will be organized exclusively for the family. CTK reported that he was twice married and had four children.