Erling Lorentzen

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Erling Lorentzen
Lorentzen in 2003
Erling Sven Lorentzen

(1923-01-28) 28 January 1923 (age 96)
Oslo, Norway
Other namesErling S. Lorentzen
  • Norway
  • Brazil
Princess Ragnhild of Norway
(m. 1953; died 2012)
Parent(s)Øivind Lorentzen
Ragna Lorentzen

Erling Sven Lorentzen (born 28 January 1923)[1] is a Norwegian-Brazilian shipowner and industrialist. He founded Aracruz Celulose in 1968.[2] He is the widower of Princess Ragnhild, the eldest child of King Olav V of Norway. In addition to being a Norwegian princess, his wife was in the line of succession to the British throne and occupied the 18th place at the time of her birth. Erling Lorentzen is a member of the Lorentzen family of shipping magnates.

Life and career[edit]

Lorentzen was born in Oslo as the son of Øivind Lorentzen (1882–1980) and Ragna (née Nilsen) (1885–1976). He worked for the Norwegian Independent Company 1, a British military unit, during World War II.

He formerly owned 28% of Aracruz Celulose, which he sold for approximately 1.7 billion USD in July 2008.

His family's business was a merchant marine, and the Lorentzen had a line from the Gulf of Mexico to the east coast of Brazil and Argentina. In the early 1950s, Erling planned a visit to Brazil to meet with his representatives. At the time, they transported liquefied petroleum gas from the Gulf of Mexico to Brazil.

On the way to Brazil, Erling learned that Esso wanted to sell its gas distribution company in Brazil. So instead of visiting their representatives, Erling sought to know more about such a company that was for sale, which would expand the LPG transportation business. When the Lorentzen bought the company, Erling moved to Brazil permanently.

The company grew considerably, but Lorentzen sold it in 1972. After the sale, he started other businesses, such as Aracruz Celulose.

Marriage and children[edit]

Lorentzen married Princess Ragnhild, elder granddaughter of the then-reigning King Haakon VII, on 15 May 1953 in Asker, Norway. He is thus the brother-in-law of King Harald V, Queen Sonja and Princess Astrid.[3]

They have three children: Haakon (born 23 August 1954), Ingeborg (born 27 February 1957) and Ragnhild (born 8 May 1968).



  1. ^ Profile of Erling Sven Lorentzen
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Erling Sven Lorentzen, 1923". 28 January 1923. Retrieved 19 March 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  4. ^ a b "Erling wearing the orders" (JPG). Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Photographic image" (JPG). Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Photographic image" (JPG). Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Erling wearing the medals" (JPG). Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Tildeling av Kong Harald Vs jubileumsmedalje 1991–2016". Retrieved 19 March 2017.

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