Petter Stordalen

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Petter Anker Stordalen
Petter Stordalen 2009-06-03 (bilde 01).JPG
Petter Stordalen (2009)
Born (1962-11-29)29 November 1962
Porsgrunn, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Occupation

Investor

Owner and CEO of Home Invest. Chairman of the board of Nordic Choice Hotels and Home Properties. Board member of Home Capital and The Stordalen Foundation.
Net worth NOK 7-11 billion[1]
Spouse(s) Gunhild Anker Stordalen

Petter Anker Stordalen (born 29 November 1962 in Porsgrunn, Norway) is a Norwegian investor, hotel "tycoon", property developer and a self-proclaimed environmentalist. He has an estimated personal net worth of NOK 7-11 billion[1] (USD 1.2 bn according to Forbes list of billionaires 2012 [2]) stemming from investments in hotels, shopping centers and properties. Stordalen is a self-made business man. Through his company Nordic Choice Hotels, Stordalen owns in excess of 170 hotels and employs more than 9200 people. In the later stages of his career, Stordalen has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors together with his wife, doctor and environmentalist Gunhild Anker Stordalen, donating large amounts of money[3] to various charitable organizations within environment/climate change and scientific research programs through The Stordalen Foundation, established in 2011.[4]

Early life and Education[edit]

Stordalen was born in Porsgrunn in Telemark, Norway to grocer Knut Anker Stordalen (1933–94) and Kari Stordalen. At the age of ten he began working in his father’s grocery store and at the age of twelve he began selling strawberries at the local market. He already then displayed his acumen for business, being named “Norway’s top strawberry seller” in the local paper, Porsgrunns Dagblad, in 1974, beating out his competition of 50-60 year old market ladies. Following high school he attended Kjøpmannsinstituttet for one year,[5] he then managed his father's store for a short time before going off to the Norwegian School of Marketing.[6]

Career[edit]

Shopping centers[edit]

At 24 he took over what was, at the time, the largest shopping center in Norway, City Syd, in Trondheim as the country’s youngest shopping center manager.[7] This coincided with his finals at the Norwegian School of Marketing so rumor has it that he had his secretary compile and type his final paper. After posting record profits at City Syd[8] he became property director in Atle Brynestad's company Made in. As property director Stordalen was the architect behind the conversion of the former market area in downtown Trondheim[9] and the re-launch of Liertoppen shopping centre outside Oslo.[10] He was also put in charge of the Bik Bok brand[11]

Following a number of transactions within the Brynestad system Stordalen, at the age of 29, found himself an employee of Realkreditt’s (later DnB) property development company.[5] Together with a group of investors Stordalen bought the historical department store Steen & Strøm in downtown Oslo. The group recouped their investment of NOK 20 million in the first five days of the reopening.[12] The purchase of Steen & Strøm signaled the start of a wave of acquisitions, and in the span of three years the newly formed company, Steen & Strøm Invest, became the country’s largest holder of commercial real estate.[5] The expansion lasted until 1996 when Stordalen had a falling out with the largest shareholder, Stein Erik Hagen, and was asked to leave his position as CEO.[13]

Hotels[edit]

Petter Stordalen promoting Choice Hotels Scandinavia in Stavanger 2013

After leaving Steen & Strøm Invest, Stordalen struck out on his own teaming up with investor Christen Sveaas. In October 1996 the duo bought 68 percent of the shares in the Scandinavian operations of Choice Hotels for NOK 100 million.[14] At the time the chain consisted of 8 hotels across Scandinavia. Following the acquisition Stordalen started his expansion, following the same model as in Steen & Strøm Invest, buying Swedish hotel chain Home as well as Norwegian hotel company InterNor,[15] and taking Choice Hotels Scandinavia public. During a three-year period Choice Hotels Scandinavia bought, on average, a new hotel every other week and added 50 people to the payroll every 10 days.[16] In December 1997 Sveaas sold his 37 percent share[17] of the now 77 hotels. In 1999 Christian Ringnes and his company Eiendomsspar acquired a 35 percent share in Choice Hotels Scandinavia. After a short power struggle, Ringnes folded and Stordalen cemented his control over the company.[18] The same year Stordalen also saw the acquisition of several Swedish and Danish hotels, including the Danish hotel company Nordisk Hotel Group, Stenungsbaden Yacht Club and Stockholm Globe Hotel.[19] At the turn of the millennium, at age 37, Stordalen became a billionaire[20](in Norwegian krone). In 2012 Stordalen opened his biggest hotel to date, the 500 room 40 000 square meter Clarion Post Hotel in Gothenburg, Sweden. At the opening 10 000 Gothenburgers were gathered to watch a light and fireworks display that included Stordalen ascending from the top of the hotel playing the drums inside a six by six meter disco ball.[21]

From public to private company[edit]

In 2000 Stordalen formed the company Home Invest, consisting of the properties previously owned by Choice Hotels Scandinavia.[22] The company went public, but was delisted in 2001.[23] In 2003 Choice Hotels Scandinavia bought shares in Swedish property owner and developer Capona.[24] In 2004 Stordalen’s Home Invest sold 19 hotel properties to Capona with settlement in shares giving him a majority interest.[25] In 2006 Capona changed name to Home Properties. In 2005 Home Invest bought the remaining shares in Choice Hotels Scandinavia and delisted the company.[26] In 2006 Home Properties spins off Home Capital as an investment company and lists it on the First North Stock Exchange in Stockholm. In 2007 Stordalen’s Home Invest acquires all the shares in Home Capital and delists the company. In 2009 Stordalen does the same with Home Properties.[27] Stordalen now privately controlled all the building blocks needed to complete his current business structure. (see investments)

Investments[edit]

Petter Stordalen’s holding company, Home Invest, invests through four separate entities:

  • Nordic Choice Hotels: Scandinavia’s largest hotel chain with more than 170 hotels in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and the Baltics. The company had more than 9200 employees and turnover of NOK 5.1 billion in 2010
  • Home Properties: Owns 26 properties including 19 hotels and two projects in Sweden in addition to 4 hotels and one office building on Norway.
  • Home Capital: invests in stocks, bonds and derivatives.
  • PASAB: Joint venture with Norwegian property developers Anders and Arthur Buchardt, developing properties in Norway and Sweden.

Art collection[edit]

As his fortune grew, Stordalen started investing in art, mostly contemporary. His first buy was a painting by the American artist Ross Bleckner which still hangs at his private estate. In an interview in September 2012, renown Swedish curator Sune Nordgren stated that Stordalen was the European answer to American hotelier Steve Wynn.[28] This partly due to the fact that Stordalen had "redfined" hotel art by spending in excess of five million dollars in contemporary art on his two latest hotels alone, Clarion Hotel Post in Gothenburg and Clarion Hotel & Congress in Trondheim - and have a private collection which is valued at around 30 million dollars.[28] In January 2013 Stordalen opens a new hotel called The Thief, in the Tjuvholmen neighborhood in Oslo. Every one of the 119 rooms will have unique original art from artists like Sir Peter Blake, Chris Gianakos and Tony Cragg. On the interactive TV's guests will, supposedly as the world´s first, be able to choose between pay-TV-options and contemporary video art. In one of the elevators there will be an animation by Julian Opie, one of Stordalen's favorite artists. In the library bar one will find a suite of pictures made by HM Queen Sonja of Norway.[28] The Thief has signed a sponsorship-deal with the neighboring Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art that gives the hotel access to the museums vast art library. Under the agreement, The Thief can borrow some signal work for strategic locations in the hotel.[29] Stordalen has world leading collections of artists like Jaume Plensa, Alex Katz and Franz West. He also owns some of Andy Warhol's best interpretations of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. In the article the value of his total collections (private and business combined) was said to be more valued to more than 50 million dollars.[30] These are some of his known art possessions: Franz Wests «Lemure», Miwa Yanagis «Elevator Girls», Bård Breiviks «Partitur», Alex Katz’ «Kirsten in a baseball hat», Jaume Plensas «Tattoo», Julian Opies «Suzanne Walking» and Damien Hirsts «Stamp Out Pleasure And Pain».[31]

Business philosophy[edit]

Stordalen’s business philosophy is based on 5 pillars

The foundation for his business philosophy, coined The strawberry philosophy, stems from a deeply formative memory selling strawberries for his dad during his childhood summers. When complaining to his dad about the quality of the berries his dad retorted “Sell the berries you have, they are the only berries you can sell” - so always making the most of the possibilities given to you, has been his guiding mantra through his business life.[32]

He is well known[by whom?] for his annual winter conference[33] for thousands of Nordic Choice employees usually held in Sweden. In addition to a big party that has previously included live camels, celebrities, and especially composed music and stage acts,[34] Stordalen gives his employees a motivational speech that, in the media, has been likened to a religious revival.[35]

Awards[edit]

  • Scandinavian Businessman of the Year 2004
  • Grand Travel Awards to Nordic for Best Scandinavian Hotel Chain (2007 and 2008) and Best Work Place (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011)[36]
  • European Hotel Design Award 2008 for Stenungsbaden Yacht Club
  • Sweden's most trusted brand 2008 from Reader's Digest - European Trusted Brands for Selma SPA
  • Customer Excellence Award 2008 from Microsoft Business Solutions for Choice
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010[37]

Environmentalism[edit]

Petter A. Stordalen first made his mark as an environmentalist in Norway supporting Norwegian NGO Bellona in the fight to free their expert Alexander Nikitin, charged with treason through espionage for his contributions to a Bellona report on nuclear safety within the Russian Northern Fleet.[38] He has also participated in personal activism; in 2002 he broke into the UK nuclear treatment plant Sellafield[39] and chained himself to the bridge of the plant for nine hours to protest the discharging of the radioactive element technetium-99 to the sea. In 2007 he was charged with trespassing after entering a restricted area at Malmøyakalven to protest the dumping of toxic mud in the Oslofjord.[40]

Together with his wife, Gunhild Anker Stordalen he has founded the couple’s philanthropic organization, The Stordalen Foundation. The Stordalen Foundation focuses primarily on climate change:

  • Rainforest Foundation Fund: Through the collaboration between Nordic Choice and Rainforest Foundation Norway 51 300 hectares of rainforest were conserved in 2010
  • Technological development: The Stordalen foundation supports the non-profit environmental organization Zero. At the annual Zero-conference in 2011 the couple secured their personal acquaintance Arnold Schwarzenegger as keynote speaker.[41]
  • Renewable energy: In 2009 Petter Stordalen bought 67% of the shares in ECOHZ;[42] an independent provider of Renewable energy with Guarantees of Origin. Today ECOHZ is the market leader, with an expected growth of 10% in 2012.[43]
  • International Climate Agreements: The foundation supports the European Climate Foundation (ECF)[44] and his wife Gunhild Anker Stordalen serves on the organization’s supervisory committee. In January 2012 the couple participated in Al Gore's Climate Reality Project's expedition to the Antarctic [45]
  • Consumer behavior: In June 2011 the couple founded GreeNudge.[46] The purpose of the organization is to support and advance research on how climate initiatives, behaviorism, and communication interact.The goal of the foundation is to give decision makers the knowledge they need in order to implement effective climate policies.[47]

Personal life[edit]

Petter Stordalen is married to Gunhild Anker Stordalen.[48] On New Years Eve 2008 Petter Stordalen proposed on top of Aspen Mountain[disambiguation needed]. The NOK 35 million (approx. USD 5 million) wedding was held in Morocco on 12 June 2010, making it Scandinavia’s most expensive wedding, outspending the Crown Princess of Sweden.[49] The lavish treatment of the guests included chartering an airplane[50] and renting all the rooms of La Mamounia, one of the world’s finest luxury hotels. The ceremony was officiated by Bob Geldof[51] in front of 240 of Norway’s most prominent celebrities,[52] from finance and the arts. The wedding received press attention normally reserved for royal weddings; Norway’s largest news website, VG Nett, had a protocol for the public to leave their greetings.[53] The couple has since been dubbed the Bill and Melinda Gates of Norway by the Norwegian tabloids for their combination of business and philanthropy.[54]

Following the Utøya shooting, on 22 July 2011, Stordalen donated NOK 5 million to the Norwegian Workers' Youth League to rebuild the summer camp.[55]

Stordalen has also been a public sports figure and at the age of 24 he completed an Ironman race.[5] Although his days as a competing athlete are over, he still keeps fit, as he displayed in 2007 when he did a backflip on stage at a Prince concert.[56] He has also fielded teams in the company class of the road relay Holmenkollstafetten.[57]

External links[edit]

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