Zygmunt Solorz-Zak is a Polish billionaire businessman, the founder and majority owner of Polsat, one of the largest media companies in Poland. He is considered one of the most influential figures in the media and telecommunications industry in Poland.
Early Life and Education:
Solorz-Zak was born on January 12, 1956, in Bielsko-Biała, a city in southern Poland. His father was an electrician and his mother was a homemaker. He grew up in poverty and had to work odd jobs to support his family. Despite his difficult upbringing, Solorz-Zak was a hardworking and ambitious student.
He graduated from the University of Economics in Krakow with a degree in banking and finance. After graduation, he worked for a few years as a bank teller before he started his own business.
Career and Achievements:
Solorz-Zak’s first business venture was a currency exchange office, which he opened in the early 1980s. He later expanded his business to include real estate development and telecommunications. In the 1990s, he founded Polsat, a satellite TV broadcaster, which quickly became one of the largest media companies in Poland.
In 2000, Solorz-Zak bought a controlling stake in Elektrim, a telecommunications company, which he later sold for a significant profit. He also has investments in oil and gas exploration and production through his company Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo (PGNiG).
Solorz-Zak has received numerous awards for his contributions to the media and telecommunications industry in Poland. He was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 2002 and the Commander’s Cross in 2011.
Solorz-Zak is married and has two children. He is known for his philanthropic activities and has donated millions of dollars to various charities and organizations in Poland.
|Born||January 12, 1956|
|Sector||Media and Telecommunications|
|Companies||Polsat, Elektrim, Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo|
|Net Worth||$3.2 billion (2021)|