Rebane Brothers Named Entrepreneurs of the Year ({{commentsTotal}})

Priit (left) and Peeter Rebane
Priit (left) and Peeter Rebane Source: Photo: ERR

Entertainment businessmen and brothers Peeter and Priit Rebane of BDG Holdings were named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneurs of the Year, with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves making the announcement at the awards event yesterday.

Other contenders for the award were Mailis Lintlom of Windoor AS, Thomas Padovani of Webinfluence Group AS, Anthony and Max Rivshin of Top Connect OÜ and Hellar Mutle of Bestra Engineering AS. In another notable recognition, Minister of Economic Affairs Juhan Parts gave a lifetime achievement award to EBS founder Madis Habakuk, reported Delfi.

"I would really like to hope that Estonia does not end up on the side of the 44 percent of countries that have a negative business environment. We shouldn't go the road of excessive taxation, but should instead support businesses," Peeter Rebane told Delfi.

Speaking on ETV this morning, Peeter Rebane said: "Recently it seems that we lack a common societal vision for where to move forward and we are too busy dealing with thinking up new taxes and regulations," he said. "In my opinion there should be more dialogue between politicians and businesses."

The Rebane brothers' BDG Holdings, founded 18 years ago, is one of the biggest entertainment businesses in the Baltics. BDG's biggest establishments are Club Hollywood and the Solaris shopping center, which includes two cinemas and the Nokia Concert Hall. BDG is also a major concert organizer, having hosted British pop artist Robbie Williams last August.

Entertainment businessmen and brothers Peeter and Priit Rebane of BDG Holdings were named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneurs of the Year, with President Toomas Hendrik Ilves making the announcement at the awards event yesterday.