Jóhannes Jónsson

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Jóhannes.

Jóhannes Jónsson (31 August 1940 – 27 July 2013) was an Icelandic businessman and one of the founders of the investment company Baugur Group, which applied for bankruptcy protection in February 2009. His warm public personality led him to be known as Jói í Bónus.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jóhannes's parents were Jón Elías Eyjólfsson, a store manager at the Sláturfélag Suðurlands in Reykjavík (1916-2001) and Kristín Fanney Jóhannesdóttir, a housewife and also an employee of the Sláturfélags Suðurlands (1918-2012). Jóhannes had a sister, Ester (1947-), who married Einar Vilhjálmsson (1947-). Jóhannes married Ása Karen Ásgeirsdóttir (1942-), who also worked at the Sláturfélag. They had two children: Kristín (1963-) and Jón Ásgeir (1968-). Subsequently he married Guðrún Þórsdóttir (1961-).[2]

Jóhannes began working at a young age for his father in the food section of the Sláturfélag Suðurlands, later becoming the shop manager there for two decades. He had studied printing, but never worked in this profession.[3] He 'was not part of the Reykjavik elite, having no prime minister in his bloodline, no link to one of the well-cushioned Octopus families. He had trained in a slaughterhouse and was a grocer in a supermarket chain'.[4]

Business empire[edit]

Made redundant in 1987,[5] he founded the Bónus stores in Iceland in 1989 with his son and president of Baugur Group, Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson.[6][7]

In August 2010, Jóhannes established the supermarket Iceland in Iceland in collaboration with the company's founder Malcolm Walker.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.vb.is/frettir/94160/
  2. ^ 'Í minningu kaupmanns Jóhannes Jónsson', supplement to Fréttablaðið, August 7 2013, p. 1.
  3. ^ http://www.mbl.is/frettir/innlent/2013/07/27/andlat_johannes_jonsson; 'Í minningu kaupmanns Jóhannes Jónsson', supplement to Fréttablaðið, August 7 2013, p. 1.
  4. ^ Roger Boyes, Meltdown Iceland: Lessons on the World Financial Crisis from a Small Bankrupt Island (New York: Bloomsbury, 2009), p. 76.
  5. ^ 'Í minningu kaupmanns Jóhannes Jónsson', supplement to Fréttablaðið, August 7 2013, p. 2.
  6. ^ "Bonus founder removed from Icelandic supermarket board". IceNews. 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  7. ^ 08:14 (2013-07-27). "Vísir - Jóhannes Jónsson látinn". Visir.is. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  8. ^ 'Í minningu kaupmanns Jóhannes Jónsson', supplement to Fréttablaðið, August 7 2013, p. 1.