KJELL INGE RØKKE
Kjell Inge Røkke (born in Molde) is a businessman and among the richest men in Norway. He controlling the Norwegian company Aker Solutions.. He is currently set to serve a months prison sentence for bribery.
Røkke started out as a fisherman aged 18, and has no formal education. For several years he worked on fishing trawlers in Alaska. American Seafoods Company was created in 1987 by Kjell Inge Røkke, and Bernt Bodal joined American Seafoods in 1990 as a minority partner and became president of the company in 1994.
In the early 1990s he returned to Norway and started buying and restructuring various companies.Røkke and his business companion Bjørn Rune Gjelsten were involved in the controversial move of Wimbledon Football Club from London to Milton Keynes in 2002, resulting in the Wimbledon fans forming their own club, AFC Wimbledon.
The "Spirit of Norway" boats were run by Bård Eker, Bjørn Rune Gjelsten and Kjell Inge Røkke. Gjelsten was five times world champion with trottelmann Steve Curtis and Eiker stands with one title. After the 2007 season, the team was closed down after 10 years.
Aker stadium (Røkkeløkka) was a gift from Kjell Inge Røkke and Bjørn Rune Gjelsten. Molde was Manchester United player Ole Gunnar Solskjær´s first professional club, and in January 2011 he returned to manage the club.
In his first season as manager, which also was the club´s 100-years anniversary season, Molde won the league championship for the first time. The next season Solskjær and Molde retained the championship.
Akers Mekaniske Verksted, commonly referred to as Akers Mek, located on the Aker River in Oslo, started up in 1841, at first producing a variety of mechanical equipment but later focusing on shipbuilding. In the 19th century the company focused on construction of whaling-, passenger- and cargo ships.
The company later started production of tankers. In the 1970s Aker entered the petroleum market, producing oil platforms. In the 1980s Aker merged with Norcem creating a large cement group in Norway with focus on the offshore industry. This part of the group was sold in 1999.
Kjell Inge Røkke used his investment company Resource Group International to purchase large amounts of Aker shares, and merged the two companies in 1996 to form Aker RGI. Through the listed partial subsidiary, Aker Maritime, Aker acquired its competitor, the offshore engineering and construction company Kværner, in 2000 and merged Aker Maritime and Kværner into Aker Kværner.
Kværner had been through major economical trouble due to a bad market in the late 1990s because of the low oil price and the failed purchase of the British company Trafalgar House.
After the merger the holding company changed its name back to just Aker. In 1999, after clearing European anti-monopoly concerns, Aker and Apax Partners merged their warehouse technologies and material handling units to form the Dexion Group Ltd (Apax) and Constructor AS (Aker); in 2000, the Dexion Group was acquired by Aker and merged with Constructor, while the Australia/Asia Pacific operations were sold.
In 2007, as part of the Aker Material Handling group of companies, Constructor/Dexion was sold to the Swedish finance investor Altor Equity Partners. The company has it´s headquarters in Oslo at Aker Brygge.
I am a fisherman and I thrive among fishermen. I´ve done it since I was 17 years old. When I get up in the morning in my home at Konglungen and take a look at the prawn trawler Trygg, I am happy at heart. When I occasionally standing on the deck of M/S Trygg and sells shrimp and fresh fish, I feel privileged.
Then I can stand and reflect on my peaceful "fisherman" and imagine other "life", such as the hectic financial community, which I have been part of in the nearly 30 years I have built, operated and developed businesses.
In autumn 1982 I bought my first fishing boat, and established the year after the company Karina Fisheries Inc. in Seattle on the US west coast. It was the start which later led me as a majority shareholder in the industrial company Aker.
But there are a fisherman, I always will be. My family on my mother´s side has roots in agriculture and fisheries on Fræna. Trygg´s is a boat name with tradition in our family.