Prague (AP) —Czech politicians and friends pay tribute to Petr Kellner, the wealthiest man in the Czech Republic, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Alaska. He was 56 years old.
Kellner was one of five, including a pilot who died in an accident on Saturday. One survived.
“Incredible tragedy,” said Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who expressed his condolences to his family. “I am sorry.”
Eurocopter AS50 crashed Under unknown circumstances, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Anchorage at 6:35 pm on Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration said on Sunday. Officials said the crash site was near the Knick Glacier.
Kellner owned a 98.93% stake in the international investment firm PPF Group. His wealth was estimated by Forbes to be $ 17.4 billion.
The PPF group confirmed his death.
The group operates in 25 countries in Europe, Asia and North America and has assets of € 44 billion ($ 52 billion). Its businesses include financial services, financial services, telecommunications, media, biotechnology, real estate and mechanical engineering.
Kellner was a former co-owner of the Czech football club Slavia Prague. The club tweeted, “Slavia wants to express her deepest condolences to Mr. Kellner’s family and friends.”
Kellner kept his name low and rarely talked to the media.
In a statement sent through the Czech CTK agency, the PPF Group called on people to respect the privacy of their families. The funeral is said to be held only for the family. CTK reported that he was married twice and had four children.