John Fredriksen[table border=”0″]Net Worth, $13.5 Billion,,,
Source of Wealth, Shipping ,,,
Born in Oslo, Norway, and the son of a welder, John Fredricksen rose from humble beginnings to become the richest man in Norway, until he switched his citizenship. After dropping out high school, Fredricksoen spent years working in shipyards before going into business for himself at the age of 27.
Perhaps one of the largest reasons why Fredricksen ended up on the List of Billionaires is from his involvement in the Iran-Iraq wars, when the Iraqi Air Force threatened industrial sites throughout Iran, including shipyards and tankers. Fredricksen carried numerous high-risk tanker shipments to the country, eventually being referred to in his biography as “the lifeline to the Ayatollah.”
Fredricksen emerged from the conflict with highly profitable results. He now controls over 70 oil tankers, and has holdings in oil rigs and fish farms.
Fredriksen was listed as one of the world’s “50 Most Influential” by Bloomberg Markets Magazine in 2012. He is the father of twin daughters.