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 Christian Ringnes

Christian Ringnes was born in Oslo and is a businessman and art collector. Christian Ringnes is the son of Christian Ringnes senior and grandson of businessman and art collector Ellefsdatter Ringnes, who along with his brother Amund started Ringnes Brewery in 1877. Christian Ringnes brewery senior sold out of the family and the brewery is now in Danish hands. The family name comes from Krødsherad the family farm Ringnes farm reportedly has been in the family for 500 years.

Christian Ringnes holds an MBA from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and an MBA from Harvard Business School in the United States. He has since 1984 been an active real estate investor and is currently the largest shareholder and CEO of real estate companies Eiendomsspar and Victoria Eiendom. Christian Ringnes and his company bought the building where the Ibsen Museum occupies the last home of the playwright Henrik Ibsen and is located close to the Royal Palace. Ibsen lived in an apartment within walking distance of the National Theater from 1895 until his death in 1906.

In 2001 bought the dilapidated Ekeberg Restaurant in Ekeberg Hill, not far from the place where Edvard Munch painted "Scream", he renovated it and opened the restaurant in 2005. In 2003, he opened the world"s only mini bottle museum. Marketing Association in Oslo appointed Christian Ringnes to "Oslo ambassador" for his efforts to promote Oslo as a city and destination. Other Oslo ambassadors have been Grete Waitz, Wenche Myhre and Frode Kyvåg. In 2005 he was awarded the honorary award "Bypatrioten" of Oslo Byes Vel.

Christian Ringnes has one of the largest private art collections. The collection includes sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Richard Hudson, Fernando Botero, Salvador Dalí, Dyre Vaa and Marc Quinn. He has given Oslo NOK 400 million to the preparation and operation of the sculpture and cultural park in Oslo, The Ekeberg park, which opened in 2013. He have also give Oslo the sculptures "Peacock Fountain" at the National Theatre station and "Kate Moss" at the Opera Passage.

A must see Mini Bottle Gallery with more than 53.000 bottles on 1500m2.

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