Lőrinc Mészáros, the humble pipe-fitter turned billionaire who many in Hungary believe to be Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s strawman, just bought 36 hectares of land next to the Orbán family’s mystery getaway in Hatvanpuszta, reports Hungarian news site 444.hu. The sale took place as part of the sell-off of state-owned agricultural lands.
Mészáros was represented at the auction by an attorney, József Vörös, who was the only person to bid on the property. The land was sold to Mészáros’s company, Búzakalász 66 Felcsút Kft., for HUF 44.4 million (USD 160,000).
It was upon leaving the auction that Vörös admitted to members of the press that he represented Lőrinc Mészáros at the auction.
In addition to sitting on the supervisory board of Mavir Zrt., a state-owned electricity company, Vörös sits on the executive board of the Puskás Academy, the soccer academy founded by Orbán and whose president is Mészáros.
According to 444.hu, Vörös has also secured contracts through public tender, including one for HUF 180 million (USD 630,000) last November to manage legal affairs for the Hungarian state railway company.
Members of the opposition party Együtt (Together) also showed up at the auction, presumably because they figured Mészáros would be the only one to bid on the land located right next to the mysterious Hatvanpuszta property.
Together deputy chairman Péter Juhász used the auction as an opportunity to once again call on Mészáros, Orbán and his family to account for the wealth they have amassed.