NewsMay 2, 2020

Velaa Private Island’s Owners Donates Medical Equipments To Maldives

The luxurious Velaa Private Island’s owners are making a major contribution to the Maldives with much needed medical equipments to support the nations efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

The donation by Daniel Kretinsky, the owner of a $7.8 billion Czech energy conglomerate EPH, and Czech financier Jiri Smejc include:

  • Five ventilators
  • 10,000 test kits
  • 100,000 face masks
  • 200 respirators
  • 500 personal protective equipment (PPE) kit

According to an official by the resort, Kretinsky and Smejc are reportedly flying into the Maldives on their private jets today (2nd May) to hand over the supplies.

Situated in the Noonu atoll, a 45-minute seaplane flight north of the Maldivian capital of Malé, Velaa is the passion project of Czech financier Jirí Smejc and his wife, Radka.

With a net worth of USD 3.4 billion, Kretinsky is the owner of the Energy Holding Group (EPH) with assets through Europe. He made the announcement of having contracted the COVID-19 virus on March 12, however it has been confirmed that he has recovered fully.

Velaa Private Island has previously launched a special employee relief scheme to help its employees in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.