Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Czech billionaire Petr Kellner was killed in a helicopter crash last month, leaving behind a complicated legacy in China.Credit: Genesys When Petr Kellner, the billionaire chief of the international conglomerate PPF Group, died last month in a helicopter crash near Anchorage, Alaska, he left behind a complicated legacy about his relationship with China. The 56-year-old businessman was the wealthiest person in his native Czech Republic in large part because, for the past decade, he had been one of the most successful foreign businessmen in China. While PPF Group owns everything from banks and newspapers to insurance and telecommunications companies, much of Kellner’s $17.5 billion fortuneAccording to Forbes was tied to a PPF subsidiary called Home Credit, a huge consumer credit business whose operations in China, analysts say, managed to grow by traversing the complex terrain between business and politics. “PPF learned how to navigate these muddy waters of post-communist reform, when the economy starts opening up but there are a lot of strings attached,” says Ivana Karásková, a research fellow at theSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.