Ján Slota, the chairman of the opposition Slovak National Party (SNS), has appeared for the first time on a list of the richest people in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, based on a ranking published by the Czech magazine Týden, the TASR newswire reported.
Týden ranked Slota in 18th-19th position in a special edition of the magazine featuring the 111 richest Czechs and Slovaks, estimating Slota’s wealth at €266 million and reporting that the sources of his fortune were "real estate, hotels, industry, and politics". The magazine wrote that Slota’s property ownership is concealed but that he is linked to various firms via his children.
Slota complained with a laugh on a televised discussion show on TV Markíza on Sunday, October 10, that he did not understand why everybody is asking him about his wealth even though he has never appeared on any list of millionaires. The press secretary of SNS, Jana Benková, said that she considers the fact that Slota appeared on the list prepared by Týden as nonsense and refused to comment further on it.
Slota said in reaction to the Týden article that he is surprised to be ranked among the richest Slovaks. He added that he can't help but admire how quickly what he called the “media Mafia” works.
"I don't know if I should laugh or cry. I would laugh if I could pick up those 7 or 8 billion [crowns] somewhere ... I'd like that," said Slota in the Slovak parliament on October 15, describing the information concerning his assets as "absolute rubbish", TASR wrote. Slota said that he had registered his assets according to the law and he again dismissed information about owning a yacht.
At the top of the Týden list is Peter Kellner with property estimated to be worth 60-70 billion Czech crowns, followed by the owner of Agrofert, Slovak Andrej Babiš, with wealth estimated at 40-50 billion Czech crowns.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. Oct 2010 at 14:00