Bloomberg Billionaires Index – Renata Kellnerova
Renata Kellnerova is the ex-wife of businessman Petr Kellner. She was named administrator of her husband’s estate in succession proceedings following Kellner’s death in a helicopter crash in March 2021.
Petr Kellner was born in Ceska Lipa, a small provincial town in the former Czechoslovakia, in 1964. After attending an economics-focused high school in Liberec, he moved to Prague and enrolled at the University of city economy. In 1986 he obtained a master’s degree in economics. Among his early jobs was working for local movie studios and selling Ricoh photocopiers.
Kellner sought opportunities in the wake of the Velvet Revolution of 1989, which brought down the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. As the new government began to privatize state-owned enterprises, Kellner helped create an investment fund aimed at buying up stakes in former Czech assets. Kellner and two associates founded what later became PPF Group in 1991. It had $225 million under management.
PPF’s operations have grown to cover finance, telecommunications, media, real estate, transportation manufacturing, insurance and biotechnology. The company’s Home Credit group is one of the largest consumer banks in Central and Eastern Europe and has since expanded to China, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and the Kazakhstan.
Renata and Petr founded Educa, a charitable foundation focused on education, in 2002. In 2011, the couple merged Educa with their other charity, the Kellner Family Foundation, which donates to educational, cultural and social causes. sanitary.