Christian Ringnes (2014)
Christian Ringnes (born 3 March 1954) is well known as a flamboyant businessman and art collector from Norway whose family started the country’s largest brewery Ringnes more than a hundred years ago. In his hometown of Oslo, Ringnes owns restaurants, hotels and museums, and recently donated more than $70 million for the creation of a large sculpture and cultural park, which opened in 2013. The Wall Street Journal ranks it as one of the top five parks in the world. Over decades Ringnes has built one of the largest private collections of art in the world.
Christian holds an MBA from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and an MBA from Harvard Business School in the United States. He has since 1984 been an active real estate investor and is currently the largest shareholder and CEO of real estate companies Eiendomsspar and Victoria Eiendom.
In 2001 he bought the dilapidated Ekeberg Restaurant in Oslo, not far from the place where Edvard Munch painted "Scream ", he renovated it and opened the restaurant in 2005. He has also given Oslo the sculptures "Peacock Fountain " at the National Theatre station and "Kate Moss" at the Opera Passage. Marketing Association in Oslo appointed Christian Ringnes to "Oslo Ambassador " for his efforts to promote Oslo as a city and destination. In 2005 he was awarded the honorary award "City Patriot " by Oslo. In 2013 he was voted "citizen of the year " by the readers of Norways largest media outlet Aftenposten.
At the age of seven, Ringnes developed a hobby after he received an unusual gift from his father: a half-empty Gordon Gin miniature liquor bottle. It was this afterthought of a gift that led him on a path towards amassing what is recognized today as the largest mini-bottle collection in the world with over 52,000 miniature liquor bottles commissioned to a three-story museum in Oslo.
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- "Five of the World's Best Sculpture Parks". The Wall Street Journal.
- "Sculpture in a Norwegian Wood". New York Times.
- "Citizen of the year". Aftenposten (in Norwegian).
- Stavrum, Gunnar. "Christian Ringnes". Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Retrieved 13 July 2012.
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