In these particularly sad, for many of us dramatic circumstances, we can see how many friends he had, how many people would like to emphasize his intimacy with him, but Jan Kulczyk did not honour with his friendship all those willing to be friends with him, although he was a very kind, helpful, and open man.
It is hard to find the right words to say goodbye to one of the most important people in our private and professional life, reliable, loyal, wise with wisdom, which is the beginning of all good and the highest good – as Epicurus taught.
Jan Kulczyk is (I consciously did not use the word was, because at least for the time being I can not get used to it) an entrepreneur, who repeatedly said that he does not regret any of his investments, economic projects, and treats failure as a value: they are needed, and even necessary .
He enjoyed life, but as few people knew how to share its joys with others. He was open-handed, daring and showed esprit de corps, so much needed, especially in today’s worlds.
Money that raise so many emotions were not a goal, but a means to develop his business passion.
The money you have gives you freedom; the money you pursue enslaves you – he quoted Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
He told me once about the crisis... the world's two billion people are dreaming about shoes, another two about a bike, the next one about a car and when they learn that a billion of people already have it and complain about the crisis, then I begin to wonder about the sense of the world.
He liked doing business among the people he knew, reliable, well-wishers, but above all competent, because he was a professional, and the business is not only expected profits, but new possibilities for creating something useful, interesting, satisfying his inexhaustible need to learn, to seek, to experience new challenges, that special fun given by adrenaline released with responsible, competent risk, strategic decision-making.
I would like to see you again, Janek. You were an excellent companion with extraordinary intelligence, artistic sensibility (which hardly anyone knows), sublime sense of humour, a cultural man, an invaluable interlocutor, a reliable partner of our socio-economic joint ventures.
The dead die only when we stop thinking about them. The memory of them brings them back to life – Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian writer, playwright, essayist, winner of the Nobel Prize.
The list of the absent is endless, but the memory of you will last, not only because you belong to the most outstanding Polish Entrepreneurs, whose name and achievements are part of the history of the economy, but also, and perhaps above all, because you were an extraordinary friend of mine and many of. Friendship brings, unfortunately, also the pain of goodbyes.
Sleep peacefully in eternal sleep! Farewell, Janek!
Andrzej Malinowski, President of the Employers of Poland