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Sven Johan Gösta Barthen Hagströmer (born November 30, 1943) is a Swedish financier and businessman. Together with his business partner Mats Qviberg, he controls a group of companies including HQ Bank, Avanza Bank and Investment AB Öresund.
Education and early career
Hagströmer commenced studies in business administration at Stockholm University but did not graduate. His first job was with a minor finance company, before joining giant Investor AB in 1973. He stayed at Investor until 1981, when he founded his own stock broking firm, Hagströmer Fondkommission AB, the foundation of today's HQ Bank.
Hagströmer & Qviberg
During the 1980s, he met Mats Qviberg, who at that time was a stockbroker at Carnegie Investment Bank. In 1990 Qviberg joined Hagströmer's company as a partner and it was renamed Hagströmer & Qviberg. Through the acquisition of the small investment company Investment AB Öresund in 1993, the couple built up an empire. Today, Hagströmer is the Chairman of Öresund, while Qviberg is Chief Executive Officer.
Like his partner Qviberg, Hagströmer has been politically outspoken. He is a known Eurosceptic. In the referendum on the Euro in 2003, he actively supported the no side. At first Qviberg took the opposite view, but later changed his mind. Hagströmer served on the board of the Eurosceptic June List which received 15% of the Swedish votes in the election to the European Parliament in 2004. He left the board in autumn 2006.
- HQ Bank: Historik, accessed on April 26, 2010 (Swedish)