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Business tycoon Jan Kulczyk dies at 65

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Roberto Galea 29.07.2015 10:56
Poland’s richest man, Jan Kulczyk, has passed away at 65, his company says.
Photo: PAP/Jacek TurczykPhoto: PAP/Jacek Turczyk

“Tonight, as a result of post-operative complications, Jan Kulczyk died at the age of 65 years,” Kulczyk Holding SA said in a statement, adding that he was “Poland’s largest entrepreneur."

Daily Gazeta Wyborcza said that Kulczyk had reportedly underwent "minor cardiac surgery”. Kulczyk was expected to be released from hospital in Vienna today, the daily said.

Kulczyk, who was born in 1950 in Bydgoszcz, cemented his position as early as the 1980s, before the free market emerged, when he managed to secure a deal as sole importer of new Volkswagen cars to Poland.

He regularly topped the list of richest Poles, with an estimated net value of around PLN 16 billion (EUR 3.84 bln) in the most recent issue of the ranking by Polish weekly Wprost.

Kulczyk Holding owns companies in the energy, mining, transportation and banking industries. (rg)

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