Billionaire Petr Kellner Dies in Alaska Helicopter Crash.


He was the wealthiest Czech citizen. The pilot and four passengers also died in the tragedy, with only one survivor.

Billionaire Petr Kellner considered the richest man in the Czech Republic, was killed in a helicopter crash in Alaska, public broadcaster Radiozurnal reported on Monday.

According to the station, the accident occurred near the Knik glacier, about 80 kilometers east of Anchorage, where the businessman practiced heliskiing. There were five passengers in the wrecked helicopter, of which one survived.

With an estimated fortune of almost 17,000 million dollars, the 56-year-old Kellner has led the ranking of the wealthiest Czechs for years, according to the American magazine Forbes, which in 2019 placed him in 73rd place in the world.

The holding company PPF, of which Kellner was the majority shareholder (98.93%), includes the media group CME -with the television network NOVA-, the operator of the O2 Czech Republic, the telecommunications infrastructure company CETIN, the banks PPF Banka and Airbank, Home Credit finance company, Skoda Transportation equipment company or Sazka betting office.

Company spokeswoman Mary Ann Pruitt Prot said the five passengers included three guests and two guides at the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge. 

Anchorage, cops said Sunday, In the Czech Republic accident, was Benjamin Larochaix, Also killed 50; Colorado Gregory Harms, 52;  Sean McMannany, 38. The pilot, Girdwood, and Zachary Russel, 33.

Anchorage east at 6:35 p.m. Saturday, The Eurocopter AS50 crashed in unexplained incidents about 50 miles. officials said the crash place was near the Knik Glacier 

Kellner also evolved projects in education, in Prague such as the Open Gate school, which also leaves behind four children. One of his daughters, Anna Kellnerova, has been a two-time Czech Junior Show Jumping Champion and aspires to participate in the Tokyo Olympics this summer. Kellner's funeral will take place "in a close family circle," a spokeswoman reported.

Forbes estimates the fortune of Peter Kellner at $ 17.5 billion. In the ranking of Billionaires 2020, he was ranked 68th. He started his career in the early 90s selling stationery and then founded the investment fund PPF. Until recently, he was in charge of the strategic development of the company.