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Six Norwegians make Forbes rich list

Six Norwegians have made it onto the Forbes billionaires list for 2012, with John Fredriksen ranking highest at number 75 among those considered to be the world's wealthiest.

Six Norwegians make Forbes rich list
Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen/Scanpix (file)

With a fortune of some $11.3 billion, or about 65 billion kroner, Norwegian-Cypriot magnate Fredriksen is still a long way behind number one on the list, the Mexican telecom entrepreneur Carlos Slim Helu, who along with his family commands a fortune equating to around 391 billion kroner.

A further five Norwegians featured on the list of the wealthiest people in the world.

Real estate king Olav Thon is the next highest, with his fortune of over 28 billion kroner, enough to secure a place at 205. The remaining Norwegians are Stein Erik Hagen and family (442nd, with just over 15 billion), Kjell Inge Røkke  (601st, with almost 12 billion), Arne Wilhelmsen and his family (804th, with just over 9 billion) and Petter Stordalen (1015th, with just over 6 billion).

 Microsoft's Bill Gates, who a few years ago topped the list, comes in second, with the equivalent of 346 billion kroner, followed by the investor Warren Buffett, who has amassed a fortune amounting to 250 billion.

The annual Forbes list includes anyone who qualifies to be considered a billionaire, measuring wealth in US dollars.This year the list consisted of some 1,226 people.

The highest placed Scandinavian is Sweden's Stefan Persson, chair of the Hennes & Mauritz clothing chain, coming in at 8th place, with a fortune equating to 146 billion kroner. 

  Lego owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, was the highest placed Dane, at 166th place with a fortune of 34 billion kroner.

The list marked the 25th anniversary of Forbes World's Billionaires Ranking. 

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19-year-old horsewoman tops Oslo rich list

A 19-year-old professional rider been crowned the richest person in Oslo in the latest figures from Norway’s tax authority.

19-year-old horsewoman tops Oslo rich list
Alexandra Gamlemshaug Andresen competes in dressage competitions across Europe. Photo: Kingsland Dressage
Alexandra Gamlemshaug Andresen, who rides for a dressage stable in Germany, topped this year’s list of those with the highest taxable wealth in the city, coming in just a fraction ahead of her sister Katharina (20), who topped the city tax list last year with a fortune of 4.6 billion kroner ($700 million).
 
Their father, tobacco heir Johan H. Andresen, in 2007 transferred over 80 percent of his shares in his investment company Ferd Holding over to his daughters, but Katharina did not appear on the tax rolls until she turned 18 in 2013. 
 
The Andresen sisters ranked second and third in the country to Oil Services billionaire Kjell Inge Røkke, who had highest taxable wealth in the country for the second year running, according to a list of the highest taxpayers of 2014 released by the Norwegian government on Thursday evening. 
 
Both Katharina Andresen and Kjell Inge Røkke recorded zero income in the period, as did Støle Svein, the country’s sixth  richest man, raising the eyebrows of many commentators. 
 
Alexandra Andresen earned just 21,579 kroner over the period. 
 
This meant that oil services billionaire Trond Mohn was once again the country’s highest taxpayer — paying 138 million kroner, despite being only the fifth wealthiest. 
 
He was followed closely by his son Frederik Wilhelm Mohn, who paid 120 million kroner.
 

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