Christian Bjelland IV
Christian Bjelland, IV, born in Stavanger, Norway on January 29, 1954, is a Norwegian industrialist and art collector. Bjelland is the great-grandson of the Norwegian industrial pioneer Christian Bjelland (1858 - 1927) and current owner of Chr. Bjelland & Co. AS. He was educated at Sedbergh School, England (1967-1972), Dartmouth College (AB, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1976) and Harvard Business School (MBA, 1978). He was previously Vice Chairman of Den Norske Bank ASA (1991 - 1996) and Chairman of Kvearner ASA (1996 - 2001). He was chairman of The National Museum of Art in Oslo, Norway (2001 - 2008). Bjelland was selected as a "Global Leader of Tomorrow" at the 1997 World Economic Forum in Davos.
Bjelland has been Honorary Consul for Finland in Norway since 1983 and Consul General since 2000. He has been a board member of the Norwegian freedom of speech foundation Fritt Ord since 2001. He was made Knight, 1st class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 2005. Bjelland has also been made Knight, 1st class of the Order of the White Rose of Finland and Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland.
Bjelland is married to Teresita Alvarez-Bjelland. They have two children: Tracy Alexandra, and Christian.
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