Røkke impresses with books and boats

Kristian Monsen Røkke, the 31-year-old son of Norwegian industrialist and Aker chief executive Kjell Inge Røkke, has capped off his impressive turnaround of Aker’s struggling US shipyard with a degree from one of the world’s most prestigious business schools. The younger Røkke was presented with his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Wharton, the business […]

Private jets, rich uncles and Solskjær

COMMENTARY: “Follow the money.” It’s a tired cliche, but that doesn’t make it any less true in today’s world. And it couldn’t be truer in the multi-trillion-dollar worldwide obsession that is football. Even in “Lille Norge.” In fact, if you follow the money, the media circus around Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s “will-he, won’t-he” non-move to the […]

Huge rig deal cheers the market

Norwegian industrialist Kjell Inge Røkke has agreed to sell the oil rig firm he controls, Aker Drilling, to the world’s largest rig company, Transocean. The deal values Aker Drilling at nearly double what it was worth before the weekend and helped boost values on the Oslo Stock Exchange . Stavanger-based Aker Drilling announced Monday that […]

Worries rise over deep-water drilling

The ongoing oil spill crisis in the Gulf Mexico may finally be having more consequences for oil drilling and exploration off Norway. Calls are rising for an immediate halt to deep-water drilling, but government officials and even regulators appear skeptical. On Wednesday, newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) carried a major article with a headline that some […]

Aker fights for its name

Norwegian industrial concern Aker ASA, headed by tycoon Kjell Inge Røkke, is trying to prevent other companies from using “Aker” in their names. Targets of Aker’s zeal accuse Aker of “bullying” and out-gunning small business. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported over the weekend that Aker officials have taken legal steps against no less than 14 […]

Pension fund dumps its sharesin Røkke's Aker Solutions

Norway’s state pension fund has sold off all its shares in Aker Solutions, reported newspaper Aftenposten over the weekend. Pension fund officials won’t say why, but the sale is being viewed as a form of protest over the way Aker Solutions’ controlling shareholder Kjell Inge Røkke is running things. It may also be a protest […]

Mystery clouds Aker battle as 'oligarch' label draws fire

A special hearing in Parliament this week failed to reveal why Norway’s Labour-led and seemingly anti-capitalist government suddenly gave up a heated battle with one of the country’s biggest capitalists of them all, Kjell Inge Røkke. A wealthy shipping heir, meanwhile, has called Røkke Norway’s new “oligarch” but was quickly scolded by Røkke supporters. Opposition […]

Government gives in to tycoon Røkke

Kjell Inge Røkke, one of Norway’s wealthiest men, may well have popped open a bottle of champagne Monday evening. By most accounts he’s the big winner in a controversial deal that’s left Norway’s socialist government licking its wounds over the sale of five companies in the Aker industrial empire that Røkke controls. Government officials refused […]

State keen to end battle over Aker

Even after being publicly ridiculed and harshly criticized by the boss of industrial firm Aker, Norway’s trade and industry minister kept smiling. Sylvia Brustad looked for bright spots in the state’s battle over Aker, said she regrets her own tough language and hopes the conflict can be resolved. Opposition politicians were far from satisfied. Most […]

Røkke finally breaks his silence, lashes out at state and media

Industrialist Kjell Inge Røkke, caught in a major battle with the state over their holdings in Aker Solutions, emerged publicly on Wednesday to spend nearly three hours in the media glare. He defended the controversial deals he’s widely believed to have set in motion, harshly criticized the state’s conduct and claimed the entire conflict has […]