AGI – They remember him driving an old Opel Vectra for years, with crumpled clothes. Dan Petrescu, 68, was considered by the Romanian press one of the richest – and most mysterious – men in the country. Nickname: “The shadow billionaire”.
His personal assets, according to local media, varies between one and three billion euros. Approximate calculation because Petrescu, whose parable ended tragically at the cloche of the Pilatus Pc-12 which fell today in San Donato Milanese, had moved his residence to the Principality of Monaco, with domicile at Columbia Palace on Avenue Princesse Grace.
Petrescu was business partner with the legendary tycoon and former Romanian tennis player Ion Tiriac, “the Brasov vampire”, who began building his wealth in Germany after a top sports career, when he prided himself on being “the best tennis player who can’t play tennis”.
Founder of the first Romanian private bank after Ceausescu, with business then extended to the insurance sector, real estate, and indirectly to all branches of the economy, Tiriac was the first Romanian to enter (2007) in the list of world “Scrooge” compiled by ‘Forbes’. Maniacal collector of children, estimated at over thirty, and luxury cars, estimated at over 400.
Petrescu, in his wake, had ascended the golden ladders of success but unlike Tiriac flaunting nothing or at most poverty. Romanian newspapers place his interests in Unicredit iriac Bank, in the Rocar holding and in the real estate sector as the owner of hypermarkets and shopping centers in the country, among other things. From fifteen to twenty according to sources cited by the Romanian press.
Petrescu’s business relationships also included those with former shareholder of Dinamo Bucharest football club Vova Cohn, with which he bought in 2015 the aircraft on which he died today.
The news on Petrescu in Italy is very meager. Only the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed in a statement the death, in the plane crash, “of two Romanian citizens with dual citizenship”. The Romanian Consulate General in Milan took action on its own initiative for provide any assistance to the Italian authorities, to facilitate the possible repatriation of bodies and facilitate legal procedures.