A new study by news site Seznam Zprávy ranking the most valuable Czech firms has found that state-controlled energy conglomerate ČEZ tops the list. The report, made in cooperation with accounting firm Deloitte, identified the 100 most valuable firms under domestic ownership. Seznam Zprávy stressed this research provides the first systematic evaluation of its kind, as it analyzes real economic strength beyond basic indicators like revenue or profit.
A mix of state and private firms
Coming in second place is the EPH group controlled by investor Daniel Křetínský, valued CZK 271 billion, and in third place is the Agrofert holding owned by former Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, valued at CZK 210 billion. Many of the firms in the ranking are owned by the state. Alongside ČEZ in the top ranks, the state also runs forest manager Lesy ČR, the Budweiser Budvar Brewery, and Prague Airport. The highest-ranked consumer bank was the Czech-run Moneta Money Bank, and the best-performing communications firm was O2 Czech Republic, which is owned by Renáta Kellnerová, the richest person in Czechia. Online retailer Alza.cz came in the top 20, with an estimated value of CZK 20 billion. A wide range of private enterprises made the list, operating across industries like energy, food production, defense contracting, information technology, e-commerce, and healthcare.