The list of the 100 richest Hungarians comes out each year since 2002. It is only May, but this year’s list is already quite different from last year’s. One thing is for sure: the rich are getting richer by the year, especially if they have the right kind of friends.
Hvg looked at how today’s list of the “100 richest Hungarians” differs from the previous ones, and how the fortune of the “old timers” who have been on the list for a while changed over the years. Hvg was particularly interested in how certain politicians’ fortune evolved ever since Fidesz has been the ruling party and formed the infamous NER.
Daily News Hungary reported last year’s list in December.
The list is quite different in 2019. According to the freshest statistics, Lőrinc Mészáros was overtaken by Sándor Csányi, who was at the top of the list in 2017, before he was overtaken by Mészáros in 2018.
The list of the top 5 richest Hungarians in 2019 is the following:
- Sándor Csányi (1.11 billion Euros)
- Lőrinc Mészáros (913.4 million Euros)
- György Gattyán (863.4 million Euros)
- Heirs to Sándor Demján (586.3 million Euros)
- László Bige (524.6 million Euros)
The total asset of all 100 Hungarians on the list is 14.3 billion Euros.
In 2002, the 100 richest Hungarians together had a total asset of 1.9 billion Euros. Now, the duo of Sándor Csányi and Lőrinc Mészáros have a total asset that is over 1.9 billion Euros.
There plenty of new faces on the 2019 list compared to the 2010 list, and many have vanished from the list over the years. Lőrinc Mészáros is one of the shooting starts on the list who appeared only in 2014 (was the 85th with 23.7 million Euros), and he managed to climb on the top of the list by 2018. Which means that
Mészáros’s fortune increased by 889 million Euros in 5 years, which also means that his assets increased by 178 million Euros each month, by 3.4 million Euros each week and by 487,287 Euros every single day. He basically earns 5.6 Euros every second!
Mészáros, however, is not the only person on this list who managed to climb on the top of the list by being very close to the ruling party and being part of NER. For example, László Szíjj, who first appeared on the list in 2015, and now he is No. 10. Another one is István Garancsi, who is a very close of Viktor Orbán. He appeared first on the list in 2011 with “only” 29 million Euros, and now he has a fortune of 203.5 billion Euros.
The list goes on and on, including Sándor Scheer, Mária Schmidt, or István Tiborcz who is Orbán’s son-in-law.
Featured image: Facebook.com/MészárosLőrinc-vállalkozó