For two years I was staring at a linden tree
Balazs Laszlo Karafiath's guardian-angels were working in full steam in the beginning of the new millennium while he was reaching his serious goals as a successful businessman. First he dived onto Monte Carlo's suburbs, then he was scooped up by ambulance from a construction site in Old Buda, which made him realize that for fulfillment and self-realization he does not necessarily have to paraglide to find the road to his goal. - Portrait by Zsolt Balla for the FORBES Hungarian Edition.
From Szekfu to Karafiath
Laszlo made a very important step towards finding his way to his identity when five years ago, he changed his name. “ I’ve changed back to my father’s old family name” - he said. “Our original Karafiat (means carnation in Slovak) family lived next to Brno in Jimramov in Bohemia, that is Slovakia today. My ancestors came to Buda on a horsecarriage in 1825 and added an ‘h’ to the end of their name.
His dad changed his name to Szekfu (means carnation in Hungarian), but Laszlo never felt it belonged to him. “ Following my friend’s example, I’ve decided to change back to my old family name, and I asked my father for the old changing forms. The date of the change was May, 1972, which means I was conceived as a Karafiath, but I was born as a Szekfu. It felt all clear to me right away, why I felt my name was strange to me.