Businessman and philanthropist Robert Schönfeld is the founder of RSBC Group, a private equity and financial advisory company. After restitutions in 1991, he began managing the property and assets returned to his family. After 2000, he began to focus on real estate investment funds, their management and fund and asset management on the UK market (Curo Property Funds), Central and Eastern Europe, and subsequently Southeast Asia.
In 2006, he co-founded Epic Asset Management Limited in Hong Kong and in 2009 he became the company’s director. In 2007, Epic Asset Management introduced ARA Strategic Capital I Pte of Singapore (a member of the Cheung Kong group) to the London financial markets. Along with Matrix Group, Robert Schönfeld was the sole consultant in the fundraising of USD 100 million for the ARA Pan Asia REIT Fund (with a value of USD 500 million). It was the first successful placement of an Asian REIT on the British financial markets.
In addition to his business activities, he worked as a consultant for the Czech Ministry of Justice regarding management of assets owned by the Ministry and its real estate investments between 2008 and 2009. Since 2011 RSBC Investment Solutions Ltd has cooperated with SAAB AB in offset funding consultations in more than 20 countries.
Robert Schönfeld is the founder and funder of the International School of Music and Fine Arts, which was established in 1998. With approximately 500 students and 100 teachers it is one of the largest international schools in the Czech Republic. The School was the winner of the Ernst & Young Czech Social Entrepreneur 2012 Award
He graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, with Masters’ degrees in the history of music, arts and violin. He is married and has two children. His interests include the fine arts, music, sports and travelling.
„From RSBC’s perspective the style of fish farming, sought after by Mr. Vagner, adds a long-term element to the company’s investment offerings.“
Despite his young age, Jakub Vágner is an international celebrity well known within the Czech world of fishing and beyond. In the past he worked as a fishing guide in many European countries and later made numerous expeditions to remote, often almost unexplored corners of the planet.
He holds many official fishing records awarded by the International Game Fish Association for some of the biggest freshwater fish catches on the planet. For instance, he caught the biggest arapaima in the world with a length of 307 cm and weight of 151 kg.
He was the first person to prove the mass occurrence of catfish in the Czech Republic and he is one of the key promoters of the “catch-and-release” concept, in which fish are not treated as a source of food but are released back into the water. As a publicly known figure, Jakub Vágner promotes fishing in his documentaries. He produced the twenty-episode “Fishing with Jakub” series, which was broadcast by the Czech and Slovak public TV channels. He moderated a series of fishing documentaries for the National Geographic Channel. In 2010, he appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
„Jakub’s fishing experience is unique on a global scale and it gives us a chance to succeed not only in this country but in the long-term perspective also in the international markets.“