Johan Ferner

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Johan Martin Ferner
Johan Martin Ferner.jpg
Johan Martin Ferner in 2007.
Born Johan Martin Jacobsen
(1927-07-22) 22 July 1927 (age 87)
Asker, Norway
Spouse(s) Ingeborg Hesselberg-Meyer
(1953–1956; divorced)
Princess Astrid of Norway (1961–present)
Children Cathrine Ferner
Benedikte Ferner
Alexander Ferner
Elisabeth Ferner
Carl-Christian Ferner
Parents Ferner Jacobsen (father)
Ragnhild Olsen (mother)
Relatives Finn Ferner (brother)
Johan Ferner
Medal record
Competitor for  Norway
Olympic Games
Silver 1952 Helsinki 6 metre class

Johan Martin Ferner (born 22 July 1927, Asker, né Johan Martin Jacobsen) is a Norwegian sailor and Olympic medalist. He won a silver medal in the 6 metre class with the boat Elisabeth X at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, together with Finn Ferner (his brother),[1] Erik Heiberg, Tor Arneberg and Carl Mortensen.[2] He is the brother-in-law of King Harald V of Norway and Princess Ragnhild of Norway, the siblings of his wife.


Johan Ferner is the son of tailor Ferner Jacobsen (1885-1964), who owned a department store in Oslo (Ferner Jacobsen AS), and his wife, Ragnhild Olsen (1889-1966). He also owned a department store. Ferner was originally his father's given name, but was adopted as a family name by Johan Martin Ferner and some of his siblings. His grandfather was maritime pilot Johan Martin Jacobsen (1850-1907) from Tjøme, son of blacksmith Jacob Andreas Knudsen (1819-1868).

Marriages and children[edit]

Firstly, on 20 January 1953, Johan Ferner married an artist, Ingeborg "Bitte" Hesselberg-Meyer (later Rostad; 1931-1997), however they divorced 1956. He then remarried at Asker Church outside Oslo on 12 January 1961 to Princess Astrid of Norway, the second daughter of King Olav V of Norway and Princess Märtha of Sweden.

The couple has five children and five grandchildren together:

  • Cathrine Ferner (b. 22 July 1962, Oslo), married 9 December 1989 in Oslo, Arild Johansen (b. 18 June 1961, Oslo),[1] and has two children:
    • Sebastian Ferner Johansen (b. 9 March 1990, Oslo).
    • Madeleine Ferner Johansen (b. 7 March 1993, Oslo).
  • Benedikte Ferner (b. 27 September 1963, Oslo), married firstly 30 April 1994 in Oslo (divorced 1998) Rolf Woods (b. 17 June 1963, Oslo), without issue, and married secondly on 2 December 2000 in Oslo and separated in 2002, Mons Einar Stange (b. 26 May 1962, Oslo), without issue. [2]
  • Alexander Ferner (b. 15 March 1965, Oslo),[3] married 27 July 1996 in Holmenkollen Kapell, near Oslo, Margrét Gudmundsdóttir (b. 27 March 1966, Reykjavík, Iceland), and has two children:
    • Edward Ferner (b. 28 March 1996, Bærum, Norway).
    • Stella Ferner (b. 23 April 1998, Bærum, Norway).
  • Elisabeth Ferner (b. 30 March 1969, Oslo), married 3 October 1992 in Oslo, Tom Folke Beckmann (b. 14 January 1963, Oslo), [4] and has one son:
    • Benjamin Ferner Beckmann (b. 25 April 1999, Oslo).
  • Carl-Christian Ferner (b. 22 October 1972, Oslo), unmarried and without issue. He works for the family business, Ferner Jacobsen AS. [5] [3]


National honours[edit]

  • Olav Vs jubileumsmedalje 1957-1982 stripe.svg Olav V's Silver Jubilee Medal (21/09/1982).
  • Olav Vs 100-årsmedalje stripe.svg Olav V's Centenary Medal (02/07/2003).
  • Kongehusets 100-årsmedalje stripe.svg Norwegian Royal House Centenary Medal (18/11/2005).
  • Order Sint Olaf 3 kl.png Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav (10/02/2011).[4]

Foreign honours[edit]



  1. ^ Geni
  2. ^ 1952 Summer Olympics – Helsinki, Finland – (Retrieved on May 31, 2008)
  3. ^ "OHF-styret". OSF. 
  4. ^ Kongehuset
  5. ^ Trondni