A gambler’s life: The remarkable stories of Michal Horáček

Photo: Ian Willoughby, Radio Prague International

Michal Horáček is a man of countless talents. As a very successful song lyricist, his work is familiar to generations of Czechs. He has also been a journalist, was active in the Velvet Revolution, became extremely wealthy with a pioneering betting company and came fourth in presidential elections in 2018. It is rare to meet anybody with such a range of experiences as Mr. Horáček – and he shared several of them on a recent visit to our studio.

Could you please tell us something about your background? What kind of family did you grow up in?

“I was born in Prague, into a family of some interest.

“Because my mother came from a well-established Prague family, full of scientists and artists.

“My great-grandfather was the dean of the Faculty of Law at Charles University, and his son, Jaroslav Heyrovský, was the first Czech to be awarded the Nobel Prize, for chemistry in 1958.

“His brother Leopold was my grandfather. He and my grandmother shared the large apartment we had in downtown Prague.

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Author: Ian Willoughby