By Edison Kurani
The list of the ten most wealthiest people in Albania has been published today by the Foundation for Economic Freedom. Besart Kadia, Executive Director of the Foundation says that this study followed a methodological research, identifying the most successful businesses and individuals in the domain of free enterprise.
“The method that was used is similar to that used by Forbes Magazine, taking into account the annual turnover of the company, annual profit, invested capital, an approximate market value of the business, etc.”
This evaluation has not taken into account other factors such as personal properties, obligations toward the state or obligations toward the banking system.
“We aim to improve this index every year in order to bring it closer to reality, in the absence of a national stock exchange which would make this process more transparent”, says Kadia.
Therefore, this list is an evaluation and not a measurement, given that in Albania, it’s impossible to fully measure the wealth and difference in enrichment for individuals from one year to another.
The organization that carried out the research didn’t publish the figures for the wealth of Albanian millionaires.
When asked by IBNA as to why the figures have not been made public, Besart Kadia, Executive Director for Economic Freedoms, says that they are available, but it has been decided for them not to be published, because the accuracy of the figures must be 100%.
The full list
Details, who are the 10 richest people in Albania and their businesses
He’s the businessman that leads the list of the 10 richest people in Albania. He’s officially known as the only owner of Balfin Group, joint investor and consultancy services. He’s also the only owner of Mane TCI, which deals in construction, real estate and property rental, Albchrome Albania, he holds 90% of Neptun’s shares, which is the outlet of home appliances, 88% of shares at Tirana East Gate, the biggest commercial center in Albania.
The second on the list of the richest ones. Naci holds 34% of Agna’s shares, a company that deals with imports and exports of industrial and food products, construction materials, agricultural and farming products, production and sale of alcoholic beverages, exchange parts, their retail and transport of goods and passengers.
Naci also holds 27% of Alfa shares, an import-export company, 34% of Albartex, retail and wholesale of different products and 17% of the shares of Platea, company dealing with construction, management-distribution of printed media and marketing. Naci also holds 4% of Societe general Albania bank.
He’s the only owner of Gener 2 and Platinium Investment companies. The first one deals in construction and owns some of the most luxurious apartment blocks in the center of Tirana. The second one deals in financing. Ulaj is the owner of 70% of the shares of DataCom, a telecommunication data company.
Known as owner of several companies. Among them is Concord Investment (former Edil-al), with 35% of the shares, INER, 34% of the shares, a company which sells different products, Inter Gaz, 50%, a company which sells gas, diesel and their by products.
Dulaku is the only owner of Alissa Albania, a company dealing in construction and production-sale of construction materials.
He is the owner of ASC(Tring) media, a company where he holds 26% of shares and which offers television broadcasts, and also Media Vision, where he holds 33.33% of shares at Vizion Plus, satellite national television channel.
Dulaku is also owner of Albeton 5 (100%), Iliria Development (real estate) 49%; Alba-Beton, 34% in this real estate company.
Dulaku is owner of 20% of the shares of Euro Aditiv, a company that produces, buys, sells chemical materials for construction.
The wife of the late Dritan Hoxha, founder of Top Channel, Top Media and Digitalb. Vjollca Hoxha holds 8% of shares at the national TV network Top Channel. She holds 10% of shares at Digitalb and 6% of shares at mobile phone operator Plus; 20% of shares at Valtellina, Lori Caffe and one fifth of Video Graphic Agency (VGA), which produces and publishes adverts.
He’s the only owner of Kastrati Ltd, a company that produces biofuels and Kastrati Plc, which deals in the import, export and retail sale of fuels, etc.
Kastrati is also owner of Albsig (Alb-Siguracion) insurance company with 73% of the shares; Continental Group ltd with 50%, a company that sells fuels, 17% of shares at Kastpetrol, which deals in the construction of trading platforms and processing of fuels; 49% of Green Fuel, which deals in the production of biofuels; 50% of Murataj, which sells transport vehicles, etc.’
He’s the only owner of InveG group which deals in construction and reconstruction. He also holds 80% of the shares of Infosoft Group. This is the largest company of the management and sale of computer programs in Albania.
He’s holds 35% of the shares of Financial Union Tirana, which controls all Western Union branches in the country. He’s also the owner of 2% of the shares of Union Bank.
She’s one of the few women on the list of the 10 richest people in the country. She’s the only owner of Marketing Distribution. She controls Duty Free Shop and has a wide activity of the sale of different products. She’s owner of 50% of the shares at pharmaceutical company, TRIMED.
10th on the list is Rame Geci. He’s the only owner of Geci Ltd., the company that controls hotel Tirana International in the capital, the biggest 4 star hotel in Albania. /ibna/