Michael Kocáb (born 28 July 1954) is a Czech composer, singer, and political activist. He is the leader of Pražský výběr, a popular music band suppressed by the Czechoslovak communist regime in the 1980s. The band is now called Pražský výběr II, as most of the band's members have changed.

Michael Kocáb
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Minister for Human Rights and Minorities
In office
23 January 2009 – 23 March 2010
Prime MinisterMirek Topolánek
Jan Fischer
Preceded byDžamila Stehlíková
Succeeded byJiří Dienstbier Jr. (since 2014)
Personal details
Born (1954-07-28) July 28, 1954 (age 65)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Political partyOF (1989–1991)
Other political
Green Party
Spouse(s)Marsha Kocábová (1983 - 2010)
Domestic partnerLejla Abbasová (2009 - 2014)

In the early 1990s, Kocáb led a parliament commission which negotiated the repatriation of Soviet soldiers from Czechoslovakia.

Business interestsEdit

Tower of Montované stavby Praha, registered office of MSP, IPF TREND and IC TREND

In April 1990, together with Oldřich Lichtenberg and Miloslav Zapletal, Kocáb founded a company called Art Production K, where he served as chairman of the board.[1] In May 1991 he became board member of newly privatized building company Montované stavby Praha (MSP).[2] In January 1992 MSP founded Investment privatization fund TREND (IPF TREND) and Kocáb became chairman of its board.[3] Another board Member was his brother-in-law Martin Kratochvíl. In January 1993, the companies Art Production K (27.5%), Bonton (27.5%), MSP (10%), and Bankovní dům SKALA (35%) founded a limited liability investment company IC TREND to manage the IPF TRENT portfolio for a fee.[4] In February 1995 the managers of IPF TREND founded a closely owned corporation IC TREND for the same purpose.[5] In August 1995 Kocáb, Kratochvíl and other owners of IC TREND sold the company to broker Královéhradecká brokerská společnost (KBS) for a substantial amount of money.[6] The new owners of IC TREND used the acquired company as a vehicle to strip dispersed shareholders of IPF TREND from its assets.[6] After a first fraudulent transaction by KBS managers, used to cover the costs associated with purchase of IC TREND, Kocáb and Kratochvíl resigned from the board of IPF TREND.

Kocáb ran unsuccessfully in the 2008 Senate election. In January 2009, he replaced Džamila Stehlíková as the Minister for Human Rights and Minorities.

He is married, and has one son and two daughters.

See alsoEdit


Michael Kocáb performs with Pražský Výběr in Opava
  1. ^ Commercial register at justice.cz, identification number (IČO) 00499471
  2. ^ Commercial register at justice.cz, identification number (IČO) 00171697
  3. ^ Commercial register at justice.cz, identification number (IČO) 452 45 177
  4. ^ Obchodní rejstřík na justice.cz, identification number (IČO) 48116459, registered as TRENDIS-investiční společnost,spol.s r.o.
  5. ^ Commercial register at justice.cz, identification number (IČO) 63078228, registered as TREND investiční společnost, a.s.
  6. ^ a b Václav Láska, Trend beztrestnosti končí?, Ekonom, 6 November 2006, [1]

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