Norwegian businessman Christen Sveaas celebrated his 60th birthday over the weekend and had a big surprise for his guests at Oslo’s historic Theatercafeen on Saturday. Singer Robbie Williams suddenly appeared to provide some musical entertainment.
When he turned 50, Sveaas flew his guests to St Petersburg for a party and private performance by Elton John. This time, reported newspaper Aftenposten, he flew in Williams, for a private and secret concert on his own home turf.
It was Sveaas’ own gift to his guests, who included tobacco heir and investor Johan H Andresen. He sent out a message on social media calling Sveaas “a generous friend” to arrange to bring such a “cool artist” to Oslo.
Aftenposten reported that Sveaas didn’t want to comment on bringing Robbie Williams to Oslo to perform at his birthday party, nor would officials at Hotel Continental and its popular café comment either.
Sveaas has also invested heavily in reopening an old cellulose plant in Jevnaker that he’s converted into an industrial and art museum with a large sculpture park. He’s also known for many other charitable gestures, like providing wine for nursing homes in Oslo and funding four-year scholarships for promising students at Ivy League universities in the US. Sveaas has interests in a wide variety of branches including shipping, property and timber.