Waldemar Kita

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Waldemar Kita
Born (1953-05-07) 7 May 1953 (age 64)
Szczecin, Poland
Nationality Polish, French
Occupation President of FC Nantes (2007-present)

Waldemar Kita (born 1953 in Szczecin, Poland) is a Polish businessman residing in France.[1]


Kita made his fortune by establishing Cornéal in 1986. The company grew to become the foremost French, and fourth largest European, firm designing and manufacturing intraocular lenses for cataract surgery and in the treatment of glaucoma. In December 2006, Kita sold Cornéal to Allergan for 180 million euros.[2]


He is now chairman of FC Nantes. "Reports claim Kita paid 10 million euros for the club, which has won eight French championships and is considered one of France's most important."[3]

"Kita is a familiar face in the world of football as the contact lens tycoon bought Swiss club Lausanne and led them between 1998 and 2001."[3]


  1. ^ Waldemar Kita s'offre le FC Nantes, Boursier.com et Reuters, published July 28, 2007, retrieved on June 10, 2009.
  2. ^ Allergan, acquiert le français Corneal, Bienvoir.com, published November 9, 2006, retrieved on June 10, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Polish businessman Waldemar Kita buys Nantes" by Extra Football, 29 July 2007, retrieved on 2008-09-15.