Businessman Gábor Széles is the fourth richest Hungarian with estimated wealth of around 100 billion forints (318 million euros) in 2016 (source in Hungarian). Széles is an active supporter of the Fidesz–Christian Democratic People’s Party governing alliance and one of the main organizers of the pro-government Peace March Demonstrations.
Grew up in Budapest. Earned bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1972 at the Budapest Technical University. Worked at the Eötvös Loránd University Institute of Geophysics as a researcher until 1981. Started an enterprise in 1981 called Műszertechnika (“Instrument Technology”) to develop and manufacture geodesic instruments. Still serves as president of the company, which has branched out into real-estate and financial services.
Joined the Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF) in 1989. Was member of the party’s presidency from 1990 to 1993.
CEO-president of the Videoton electronics company, which he and two associates purchased in 1991, and chairman of the Ikarus Bus company, which he purchased in 2006.
Established the pro-Fidesz television station Echo TV and purchased the liberal daily Magyar Hírlap, transforming it into a pro-Fidesz newspaper, in 2005. Hired Zsolt Bayer as journalist at both Echo TV and Magyar Hírlap. On December 1, 2016, Széles sold Echo TV to fellow oligarch Lőrinc Mészáros.
One of the three organizers, along with Zsolt Bayer and András Bencsik, of the three pro-Orbán government Peace March mass demonstrations in Budapest between January 2012 and October 2012.
Last updated: December 8, 2016.