Business mogul Sołowow tops ranking of 100 richest Poles

Sołowow is a majority shareholder of the Synthos chemical innovations company, as well as Cersanit, Poland's major prodcuer of bathroom fittings. Grzegorz Momot/PAP

With an estimated wealth of PLN 12.1 bln (EUR 2.84 bln) Michał Sołowow topped this year's list of the 100 richest Poles for the second year in a row, according to Monday’s edition of the Wprost weekly newsmagazine.

Sołowow is a majority shareholder of the Synthos chemical innovations company, as well as Cersanit, Poland's major prodcuer of bathroom fittings. Both firms yield an income of hundreds of million zlotys per year.

The second place on the list was taken by Zygmunt Solorz, founder of the digital media group Cyfrowy Polsat, whose net worth was estimated at 10.1 bln (EUR 2.4 bln). Tied for the third position were Sebastian and Dominika Kulczyk, each with a net worth PLN 7 billion (EUR 1.64 billion). The siblings inherited the fortune from their father, Jan Kulczyk, who died in 2015.

The 100 richest people in Poland have combined assets of PLN 153 billion (EUR 36.6 bln), PLN 10 billion (EUR 2.35 bln) more than a year ago. The weekly noted that this is "only one third of the net worth of Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man."

This year, in order to appear on the list, it was necessary to have a net worth of PLN 369 million (EUR 86.7 mln), PLN 40 mln more (EUR 9.4 mln) compared to the previous year.