Sándor Csányi (banker)

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Sándor Csányi
Born (1953-03-20) 20 March 1953 (age 64)
Jászárokszállás, Hungary
Residence Budapest, Hungary
Citizenship Hungarian
Alma mater BSc (Budapest Business School)
MSc, PhD (Karl Marx University)
Occupation CEO (OTP Bank)
Known for holdings in OTP Bank, MOL Group and Bonafarm
President of the Hungarian Football Federation
"the richest person in Hungary"
Net worth $ 0.94 billion [1]
Board member of Hungarian Football Federation (Chairman)
Hungarian National Association of Entrepreneurs and Employers (VOSZ) (Co-Chairman)
MOL Group (Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors)
European Board of Directors for MasterCard
Hungarian Banking Association
Spouse(s) Erika (Kári) Csányi
Children Attila
and 3 others
  • József Csányi (father)
  • Amália Ballagó (mother)

Sándor Csányi (born March 20, 1953) is a Hungarian business executive, banker, investor, philantropist, specializing in finance. He is also a qualified pricing specialist and certified auditor. He is the current chairman and chief executive officer of OTP Bank Group, one of the largest financial groups in Central and Eastern Europe and biggest bank of Hungary. With an estimated wealth of 287,9 billion forint ($1 billion) as of 2016,[2] he is the wealthiest person in Hungary, and Hungary's first billionaire according to the Forbes.[3]

Early life[edit]

Sándor Csányi was born on the 20 March 1953 in a lower middle class agricultural family in Jászárokszállás. His father, József Csányi was the field guard of the cooperative of Jászárokszállás. His mother, Amália Ballagó was a line driver also in the town's cooperative. He has two brothers. His parents did beekeeping and produced sugar beet. He is of Jassic descent. [4]


He graduated from Budapest Business School in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and in 1980 from the Budapest University of Economics with a degree in economics and thereafter received his doctorate.


After graduation he worked at the Revenue Directorate and then at the Secretariat of the Ministry of Finance. Between 1983 and 1986, he was a departmental head at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry. From 1986 to 1989 he worked as a head of department at Magyar Hitel Bank. He was deputy CEO of Kereskedelmi és Hitelbank from 1989 to 1992. Since 1992 he has been Chairman & CEO of OTP Bank Group where he is responsible for the Bank’s strategy and overall operation. He is a member of the European Board of Directors for MasterCard and is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of MOL Group, Co-Chairman of the Hungarian National Association of Entrepreneurs and Employers (VOSZ) and until April 2011 was a member of the Board of Directors of the Hungarian Banking Association. He has been Chairman of the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) since July 2010.


His father is József Csányi, his mother is Amália Ballagó. Sándor Csányi has two brothers and he has five children.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Csányi Sándor felkerült a világ leggazdagabbjainak listájára". Index.hu. 2016-04-29. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  3. ^ "Hungary's First Billionaire Went From Banking To Farming And Beyond". Forbes.com. 2016-04-28. Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  4. ^ [2]
Business positions
Preceded by
Elemér Terták
CEO of OTP Bank
Succeeded by
Civic offices
Preceded by
István Kisteleki
President of the Hungarian Football Federation
Succeeded by
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Gábor Várszegi
Hungary's richest person
Succeeded by
Sándor Demján
Preceded by
Sándor Demján
Hungary's richest person
Succeeded by
György Gattyán
Preceded by
György Gattyán
Hungary's richest person
Succeeded by