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Peter Claessens, One of the Richest Hungarians, Commits Suicide

Júlia Tar 2022.07.12.

At the age of 47, Peter Claessens, a Hungarian agricultural entrepreneur of Belgian origin, took his own life, mfor.hu reports. Several people close to him confirmed his death to the newspaper.

According to mfor.hu‘s information, the decision may have been motivated by both family and business difficulties. Claessens was also under investigation by the National Tax and Customs Administration (NAV) for tax fraud and was interviewed as a suspect, but no charges were brought against him.

The agribusiness entrepreneur and his siblings were ranked the 55th richest in Hungary, with a fortune of HUF 32.4 billion (EUR 78 million), according to the 100 Richest in Hungary list. The family-owned company’s turnover exceeded HUF 30 billion (EUR 72 million) again last year, and its pre-tax profit was around HUF 5 billion (EUR 12 million).

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Peter, who ran the Claessens’ family business, has lived in Hungary since 1995. More than a quarter of a century ago, they bought the dilapidated site of the South Somogy State Farm, where they created the most modern livestock company in the county.

Today, the family has a total of ten independent sites in Somogy county and the group, which employs more than 300 people, is one of the largest employers in the region.

Sources: Index, mfor.hu

Featured image via György Varga/MTI


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