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John Fredriksen born in Eidsvoll is a Norwegian-born Cypriot oil tanker and shipping tycoon, owner of the world´s largest oil tanker fleet, and was Norway´s richest man until he chose to abandon his Norwegian citizenship and take up a Cypriot passport. Through his investment companies Hemen Holdings and Meisha, Fredriksen controls the companies Frontline and Golar LNG from London.
John Fredriksen also has major interests in the offshore driller SeaDrill, the fish farming company Marine Harvest the dry bulk company Golden Ocean Group, and supply vessel company Deep Sea Supply. Fredriksen´s Frontline in 2010-11 owned 9,6% of another large tanker company Overseas Shipholding Group, but divested itself of this stake during 2011. In 2012 he was included in the 50 Most Influential list of Bloomberg Markets Magazine.
The son of a welder, Gunnar Fredriksen and Herdis Johanne Ørbæk. Fredriksen came to Oslo when he was three years and grew up in Vålerenga. Fredriksen is a investor of Vålerenga I.F.
Fredriksen began as a trainee in a shipbroking company. At the age of 27 he started working for himself. Fredriksen made his fortune during the Iran-Iraq wars in the 1980s when his tankers picked up oil at great risk and huge profits. As described by his biographer, "he was the lifeline to the Ayatollah." He is now the world´s largest tanker owner, with more than seventy oil tankers, and major interests in oil rigs and fish farming. His fleet is dominated by costly double-hulled, environmentally safer tankers.
Back in December 2005 rumours circulated of Fredriksen-controlled firm Seadrill bidding for Stavanger based rig company Smedvig, and since has been in a bidding war with U.S. company Noble Corporation. But it was announced in late January 2006 that Seadrill had bought more than 50 percent of Smedvig, and therefore gained control of the company (51.24 percent of the votes and 52.27 percent of the capital). Smedvig is valued at NOK 15 billion, and is Fredriksen´s biggest ever deal. Noble Corp sold its stake in Smedvig to Seadrill in April 2009. Smedvig is now fully under Seadrill´s control.
John Fredriksen has two children, collects classic Norwegian art, and reportedly turned down an offer from Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich for his Chelsea home. He also owns houses in Oslo, Cyprus, and Marbella. In 2006 John Fredriksen chose to abandon his Norwegian citizenship and is now a citizen of Cyprus.
More info about John Fredriksen at Wikipedia.