Svein Erik Bakke

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Svein Erik Bakke (11 June 1947 – 21 November 2006) was a Norwegian entrepreneur.

He began building his fortune by cleaning as a seventeen-year-old. Earning the nickname Vaske-Bakke (Washing-Bakke), he went on to found the cleaning company Viking-gruppen (The Viking Group), which reached a total of 750 employees. After suffering a nervous breakdown, leading to a suicide attempt on 23 December 2001, Bakke sold his company.

Later he put his fortune into property development in Trysil. He was also working with developing tourist resorts in Brazil.

Bakke was found dead in his apartment in Oslo on Tuesday, 21 November 2006 having taken his own life. He was found by the police after being discovered by family. He left a fiancée, and two children from a former marriage.

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