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About Darko Horvat

Darko Horvat

Founder of THFAO, Darko Horvat, is a prolific entrepreneur with over three decades of global business and investment experience.


After graduating with a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ljubljana and an MBA from Clemson University, Darko Horvat embarked on an extraordinary career that quickly established him as a pivotal figure in the global business and entrepreneurial landscape.


Through the early 1990s, Darko’s endeavours included founding new businesses in his native Slovenia and forging strategic joint ventures with financial institutions and international corporations. In 1993 he founded Slovenia's largest privatisation fund management company.


His visionary approach extends beyond financial success with a strong emphasis on human capital development through partnerships fostering innovation, education and entrepreneurship. In 1994, Darko established a joint venture with 13 American universities which led to the successful graduation of more than 100 Slovenians from their MBA-programmes.


From 1995 onwards, Darko's global expansion showcased his strategic expertise in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Currently, his proactive investment strategy focuses on high-tech, Industry 4.0, and special situations across Europe, the USA, and the Middle East. His accolades include an honorary doctorate from the University of Haifa, a Young Global Leader Award from WEF Davos and an induction into the BSC Hall of Fame for excellence in strategic performance management.


Darko’s financial and leadership expertise is flanked by a steadfast commitment to philanthropic causes through the Horvat Family Foundation, resulting in an extraordinary legacy which continues to shape the future of business, industries and communities worldwide.

Darko Horvat
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