Aleksander Gudzowaty
Aleksander Gudzowaty is a Polish
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 businessman and economist, one of the most richest Polish people.


He graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Trade at the Łódź University. From 1975 to 1979, Gudzowaty acted for two leading Polish foreign trade enterprises representing the entire Polish textile industry in Moscow
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. From 1978 to 1993, he served as Director General of PHZ Kolmex S.A. - a railway sector company; during that time Aleksander Gudzowaty executed one of the largest contracts ever for freight wagons being supplied to Iraqi Railways. Having left PHZ Kolmex S.A., in 1992 Gudzowaty set up Bartimpex commodity trading operation leveraging his Russian relationships. Gudzowaty has vast experience in trade with the Middle East
Middle East
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, the CIS and Russia
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. He is listed by Forbes
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 magazine as one of the wealthiest and most influential people in the Central and Eastern Europe.

Attempt to diversify into financial services ended after JV with US insurer Cigna
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 was dissolved and bank BWE was divested to private equity firm Innova Capital. Industrial assets controlled by Mr Gudzowaty include Akwawit-Brasco alcohol and biofuel producer acquired in a controversial privatisation deal.

Gudzowaty is currently involved in funding the Tolerance Monument
Tolerance Monument
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 that is being raised in Jerusalem by sculptors Michal Kubiak and Czeslaw Dzwigaj
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See also

  • Oleksy tapes
    Oleksy tapes
    The Oleksy tapes are tapes secretly recorded during a conversation between Józef Oleksy and Aleksander Gudzowaty. In the recordings, former Left Democratic Alliance Prime Minister Józef Oleksy denounces his colleagues, and reveals shady aspects of Polish political life.The tapes are considered one...

  • Józef Oleksy
    Józef Oleksy
    Józef Oleksy is a post-communist Polish politician, former chairman of Democratic Left Alliance ....

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