Erling Lorentzen

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Erling Lorentzen
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Erling Sven Lorentzen

(1923-01-28) 28 January 1923 (age 95)
Oslo, Norway
Other namesErling S. Lorentzen
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 shipowner and industrialist who has lived in Brazil for decades. 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]

He was born in Oslo as the son of Øivind Lorentzen (1882–1978) and Ragna (née Nilsen) (1885–1976). He worked for the Norwegian Independent Company 1, a British military unit, during World War II.

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

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), Ragnhild (born 8 May 1968).


National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]


  1. ^ Profile of Erling Sven Lorentzen
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Erling Sven Lorentzen, 1923". 1923-01-28. Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  4. ^ "Photographic image" (JPG). Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  5. ^ a b "Erling wearing the orders" (JPG). Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  6. ^ "Photographic image" (JPG). Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  7. ^ a b "Erling wearing the medals" (JPG). Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  8. ^ "Tildeling av Kong Harald Vs jubileumsmedalje 1991-2016". Retrieved 2017-03-19.

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