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Leszek Czarnecki

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Net worth 2018: $1.25 Billion
Industry: Finance
Country: Poland
BirthDay: 9 May 1962
Sigh: Gemini
Children: 2

Leszek Czarnecki was bornon 9 May 1962 in Poland. Lescek Czarnecki's bank assets have been hard hit by Switzerland's decision to allow its currency to appreciate. Loans denominated in Swiss francs constitute 20% of his Getin group's loan portfolio. Despite investor panic and a devaluation of Poland's currency, he continues to look for bank deals, eyeing Alior Bank as his next bid. The economics PhD made his first fortune creating Poland's largest leasing company, listing it on the London Stock Exchange in 2000 before selling out to French bank Credit Agricole for $280 million a year later. A cave diver since his 20s, he beat a world record in 2009, swimming 10.5 miles in underground corridors over the course of 10 hours.


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In 2013, he was awarded the special award of the Warsaw Stock Exchange for his passionate and determined creation of new economic projects and visionary leadership in business in the public market


Antony's College Oxford Noble Foundation was established in October 2012 inaugurating the Contemporary Polish Studies Programme at Oxford University in the United Kingdom


In 2011, he was recognised as the Business Leader of the Year by the Warsaw Business Journal


In 2010, he won the Entrepreneur of the Year title in the opinion poll organised by the Polish Employers Organisation and Puls Biznesu


In 2009, he instituted the first meeting of ‘Entrepreneurship – Initiative of Leszek Czarnecki’ – a series of debates held by leading schools of economics where Mr Czarnecki shared his knowledge and experience with students


In 2008, Forbes magazine ranked him in the 446th position on the list of the world’s billionaires, with assets valued at $2


In 2007, he went on a trip across Siberian wilderness with diving in Lake Baikal, in 2008 – he went to Antarctica, and in 2010 – explored wrecks in the Truck Lagoon in Micronesia (where he dived several times), and in Galapagos


In 2006, he took part in a North Pole expedition, and in a Bikini Atoll expedition to explore the wrecks


Leszek Czarnecki was elected as the Player of the Year by the Polish Edition of Forbes magazine three years in a row – in 2005, 2006, and 2007


In October 2004, Leszek Czarnecki joined the honorary members of the Polish Association of Lease Companies, and in November he was included in the group of four individuals recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year from Eastern Europe by INSEAD, one of the best business universities in Europe, and the French Minister of Finance


In September 2003, he beat the Polish record diving to 194 m in Boesmansgat cave in South Africa


In 2002-2003, he was the CEO and managing director responsible for leasing and insurance at Credit Agricole Poland


In 2001, he sold it to the French bank Credit Agricole for PLN 900 million, and became the CEO of Credit Agricole Poland


In 1996-1997, Leszek Czarnecki was the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of an insurance company based in Wrocław TU Europa na Życie S


In 1993–1995, he was the deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, and later the CEO of Polbank S


He was the creator and main shareholder of Europejski Fundusz Leasingowy (European Leasing Fund) which he set up in 1991


The Programme is the first of its kind implemented abroad – an interdisciplinary study programme devoted to Poland and its post-1989 transformation


In 1986–1990, he worked as a professional diver (with heavy diving equipment for underwater works)


Polish and world record holder in diving:Getting his licence at the age of 22, in the early 1980s, Leszek Czarnecki was one of the youngest diving instructors in Poland


Leszek Czarnecki (born 9 May 1962 in Wrocław) is a Polish billionaire

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