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Jan Kulczyk

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Net worth 2018: $4 Billion
Industry: Telecom
Country: Poland
BirthDay: 24 June 1950
Sigh: Cancer
Died On: 29/07/2015
Children: 2
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, University of Poznan

Jan Kulczyk was bornon 24 June 1950 in Poland. Poland's richest individual Jan Kulczyk died suddenly in July 2015 due to complications related to minor heart surgery. He was worth $4 billion at the time, more than half of which is tied up in his stake in South African brewer SABMiller. A controversial figure, Kulczyk benefitted from Poland's privatization of state owned businesses in the 1990s. He first won a government contract to deliver cars for Poland's police and Office of State Protection. Then in 1993 he bought a stake in a previously state-owned brewery for $10 million. He later leveraged into stakes in energy and financial services firms. At one point, he faced parliamentary hearings about his role in the sale of Poland's oil giant Orlen, which included allegations of meeting a Russian spy. He denied the allegations and eventually made his holdings more transparent to avoid further accusations of shady dealings. He is survived by his son Sebastian and daughter Dominika, both of whom are already running the family's businesses. He and his ex-wife divorced in 2007.


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In 2015, Forbes ranked him 418th richest man in the world ($3,9 billion)


In March 2014, he founded the Council of Polish Investors in Africa, an initiative formed to support Polish companies in establishing business relations on the African markets


In 2013, the American edition of Forbes magazine rated Jan Kulczyk 384th of the wealthiest people in the world, with a $3,5 billion worth fortune, making him the highest ranked Pole among the world’s billionaires


In 2012, the Forbes magazine put Jan Kulczyk at the top of the richest businessmen in Poland ranking, with PLN 8,9 billion


In 2011, the Kulczyk Group acquired a 100% share in Nowa Sarzyna Power Plant


In 2010, he founded the CEED Institute, a think-tank promoting the development of Central and Eastern Europe region


In 2009, company traded a 28% share in Kompania Piwowarska for a 3% share in SABMiller - the world’s second biggest beer producer


Kulczyk was heard as a witness by the prosecutor’s office four times (the last one in April 2008) and submitted extensive explanation to the parliamentary investigative commission


In 2007 he was ranked 12th, due to his divorce from Grażyna Kulczyk


Since June 2006 he was member of the Green Cross International Board of Directors - a UN-affiliated organization focused on ecological safety


In 2004, Jan Kulczyk was associated with to the Orlen Scandal


In 1993, the company changed its legal form into a joint-stock company


In 1991, Kulczyk Holding a limited liability company was founded


His first large-scale deal was a PLN 150-million sale of 3,000 Volkswagen cars delivered to the Polish police and the security services in the early 1990s


In 1988, Jan Kulczyk became the official Volkswagen dealer in Poland


In 1981 Kulczyk founded his first company with money from his father Henryk


Jan Kulczyk was divorced with two children from his marriage with Grażyna Kulczyk: Sebastian (born 1980) and Dominika (born 1977)


He received a doctor’s degree in political sciences and international law in 1975


Kulczyk graduated from VI Jan i Jędrzej Śniadeccy Secondary School in Bydgoszcz in 1968


Adam Mickiewicz UniversityJan Kulczyk (24 June 1950 – 29 July 2015) was a Polish businessman and entrepreneur


He was buried in the family vault at the Jeżycki cemetery in Poznan, next to his father, Henryk Kulczyk (1925-2013)

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