Jan Dobrzenský z Dobrzenicz

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Jan Dobrzenský z Dobrzenicz as Grand Master of the Orléans obedience of the Order of Saint Lazarus.
Portrait in June 2012.

Jan Dobrzenský z Dobrzenicz is a Czech-French count and, since 2010, the 50th Grand Master of the Orléans obedience of the Order of Saint Lazarus (statuted 1910).[1]


Jan Dobrzenský z Dobrzenicz was born on 14 June 1946 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, from an ancient comital Czech noble family. The family escaped from communist Czechoslovakia in 1948. Dobrzensky grew up in Canada, and later in France. Education: grade school, high school in Canada, Kepner, then higher education in Paris: Tregoe Business Management 1974, Paris, M.B.A. from CEDEP, Fontainebleau, in 1983, and Institut de Finance in 1988.

He is a citizen of France and the Czech Republic, living after return from exile in Chotebor, Czech Republic.

He is married with four children.

Order of Saint Lazarus[edit]

Since 1976, Dobrzenský has been a member of the Order of Saint Lazarus (statuted 1910). In recent years, he held the office of Grand Prior of Bohemia, and President of the Order's governing council of the obedience he belongs to.

In March 2010, Prince Charles Philippe, Duke of Anjou decided to step down from his position as Grand Master of the Order of Saint Lazarus for personal reasons, while maintaining his participation in the Order's activities in the capacity of Grand Master Emeritus, Grand Prior of France, and chairman of the Order's governing council. He was replaced at that time by Dobrzenský as Grand Master.[citation needed]