Born as Zygmunt Krok, the billionaire says he was born a random 62 miles away from Warsaw, to a very mediocre family. He first started earning his money selling “variety stuff”. One of his neighbors recall seeing him sell candles at the nearby cemetery. Now, after about four decades, the man calls himself Zygmunt Solorz-Zak (after changing his name three times) and he is the owner of a pretty big empire.
Zygmunt is the second richest person in Poland with $3.5 billion to his name. His empire stretches a large area covering industries like television, power utility, a bank and mobile phones. The Polish business tycoon made history in Poland when he took over Polkomtel some years ago for a price of 18.1 billion dollars. The billionaire’s first business venture was a trucking company. He was in his 20s at that time and started his business in Germany after detours in Austria and Yugoslavia.
It was at this time that he changed his name to become a refugee. Later he changed his name when he got married to his first wife. Finally, when he remarried, he took his second wife’s name. In the late 1980s, his business diverted to selling cars and electronics when he returned to Poland. The Kurier Polski newspaper was the stepping stone to his media business.