Martin Lorentzon

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Martin Lorentzon
Sven Hans Martin Lorentzon

(1969-04-01) 1 April 1969 (age 49)
Borås, Sweden
ResidenceStockholm, Sweden
Alma materChalmers University of Technology
Stockholm School of Economics
Known forCo-founder of Tradedoubler and Spotify
Net worthUS$3.7 billion (June 2018)[1]
Board member ofTelia Sonera

Sven Hans Martin Lorentzon (born 1 April 1969) is a Swedish entrepreneur and co-founder of Tradedoubler and Spotify.[2] Since 2013, he has been on the board of Telia Sonera.[3]

Early life[edit]

Martin Lorentzon was born on 1 April 1969 in Borås, Sweden.[4] He earned a degree in civil engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg.[5] He studied economics at the Stockholm School of Economics.[6]


In 1999 Lorentzon and Felix Hagnö founded Tradedoubler, which in 2001 won the Guldmusen prize for "IT-rookie of the Year". [7] [8] In 2006 Lorentzon and Daniel Ek founded Spotify. In 2013, Lorentzon was appointed a member of Prince Daniel's Fellowship and in the same year Lorentzon was appointed a member of TeliaSonera's Board. [9][10] Lorentzon was named the Swede of the Year in the World 2014.[11]

In the spring of 2015 Lorentzon was given an honorary doctorate at Chalmers University of Technology.[12] In May of the same year, Lorentzon received Svenska Dagbladet's corporate award "Affärsbragden".[13]

In 2016 Lorentzon was elected as a member of the Kungl. Engineering Academy, IVA, under the Department of Education and Research.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Lorentzon lives in Stockholm, Sweden.[1]

In 2013, Lorentzon's tax bill was debated in the media.[15][15] He responded by claiming that it is difficult to attract venture capital to his ideas in Sweden, as well as pointing to the taxes he and his company pays in Sweden.[16]


  1. ^ a b "Forbes profile: Martin Lorentzon". Forbes. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Spotifys agenda: Fler låtar i fler länder - DN.SE". 17 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Styrelse".
  4. ^ "Martin Lorentzon". Nordic Tech List (NTL): Discover Scandinavian startups and investors. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Martin Lorentzon - Founder of Spotify". Chalmers University of Technology. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Martin Lorentzon". Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Dubblad försäljning för Tradedoubler".
  8. ^ "Ny Teknik". 20 September 2003.
  9. ^ "Spotify – den siste vita riddaren".
  10. ^ "Board of Directors".
  11. ^ "Martin Lorentzon och Daniel Ek utsedda till Årets Svensk i Världen 2014". Svenskar i Världen.
  12. ^ "Ludvig Strigeus och Martin Lorentzon". Chalmers University of Technology.
  13. ^, Sven Carlsson. "Spotify-grundaren: "Vi är den vita riddaren"".
  14. ^ "Martin Lorentzon och Maria Rankka nya ledamöter i Kungl. Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien".
  15. ^ a b Radio, Sveriges. "Så undviker Lorentzon att betala skatt i Sverige - Nyheter (Ekot)".
  16. ^ "Lorentzon försvarar brevlådeföretag - DN.SE". 23 April 2013.