John Fredriksen was bornon 10 May 1944 in London, United Kingdom, Cyprus. John Fredriksen is #240 in List Billionaires People In The World. Hard-nosed son of a Norwegian shipyard welder got his start running cargos of fish. Fredriksen now controls one of the world's largest fleet of oil tankers. His biggest stock position is salmon giant Marine Harvest. Fredriksen, a native of Norway, switched his citizenship to the tax haven of Cyprus.
A yacht? No, I never have time. I prefer to stay ashore.
He was named in the top 10 most influential people in the shipping industry according to Lloyds List 2014
Norwegian magazine Kapital listed Fredriksen in 2013 with a net worth of NOK 69,75 billion (US$11
In 2012, Fredriksen and his family were listed as the 9th richest in Britain with a combined wealth of £6
Noble Corp sold its stake to Seadrill in 2009, leaving Seadrill with full control
In 2006, Seadrill bought more than 50 percent of Smedvig, gaining control of the company (51
The Sunday Times Rich List has ranked Fredriksen's wealth as £475m (2003), £1
The case was turned over to the Norwegian police and in June 1986 Fredriksen's offices in Oslo were searched and several of his nearest associates, and after a while also Fredriksen, were placed in detention while the case was investigated
In 1985, the Norwegian insurance company Gard became suspicious about losses of cargo from Fredriksen's tankers
Fredriksen is a widower and has two daughters: Cecilie (born 1983) and Kathrine Astrup Fredriksen (born 1983)
Fredriksen made his fortune during the Iran-Iraq wars in the 1980s, when his tankers picked up oil at great risk and huge profits
Fredriksen was born on 10 May 1944 to a welder and his wife, and grew up in Etterstad in the eastern half of Oslo