Olav Thon was born in Norway. Norwegian real estate magnate Olav Thon bought his first building in 1951 and opened his first restaurant in 1966. Now his Olav Thon Group is Norway's largest private real estate company, with 450 properties, including 60 hotels. Thon grew up as a farm boy who only went to the city to sell fox pelts. Today he is still an avid outdoorsman and honorary member of the Norwegian Trekking Association.He's proud of his success, and his large tax bill, which he says he is glad to pay. Having no heirs, Thon has announced his intention to give away all his properties and assets to society, particularly to medical science, through the establishment of an independent foundation.
Therefore, later, in February 2014, his personal assets estimated around 1 billion USD
On December 10, 2013, he announced the decision for the entire 71
His authorized biography, Olav Thon: Billionaire in a Parka, was written by Hallgrim Berg, a Norwegian politician and a folk musician; a translated version was published in English in October 2009
Olav Thon bought his first building in 1951 and opened his first restaurant in 1966
Olav Thon (born 29 June 1923 in Ål, Hallingdal) is a Norwegian real estate developer and listed in the Forbes list of billionaires as the 198th richest person in the world with a net worth of $6 billion as of March 2013