Czech Republic billionaire Petr Kellner dies in helicopter crash in Alaska

Czech billionaire killed in Alaska helicopter crash

A contracted helicopter carrying guides and guests from a lodge on a heli-skiing trip in Alaska’s backcountry crashed, killing the pilot and four others, including the Czech Republic’s richest man. The only other person onboard was in serious condition but stable.

The chartered helicopter, an Airbus AS350 B3, was “conducting heli-ski operations in an area of steep and remote terrain within the Chugach Mountains near Knik Glacier. The five passengers included three guests and two guides from the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge. Kellner owned a 98.93% stake in the PPF Group, an international investment company. The group operates in 25 countries in Europe, Asia and North America with assets of $52 billion. PPF Group confirmed Kellner’s death. “His professional life was known for his incredible work ethic and creativity, but his private life belonged to his family,” a message posted on the PPF Group website said. The funeral is planned for only close family members, and the company asked the media to respect the privacy of the family. Kellner “was loyal and frequent” guests at the lodge.