Torstein Hagen

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Torstein Hagen
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Torstein Hagen (1988)
Residence Switzerland
Nationality Norwegian[1][2][3][4][5]
Alma mater Norwegian Institute of Technology
Harvard University
Occupation Founder, chairman and CEO, Viking Cruises
Years active 1997–present
Net worth US$1.0 billion (March 2017) [6]
Spouse(s) married
Children 2

Torstein Hagen (born 1943) is a Norwegian billionaire businessman, and the founder, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Viking Cruises (originally Viking River Cruises).

Early life[edit]

Hagen earned a degree in physics at the Norwegian Institute of Technology and an MBA at Harvard University.[7]


He worked in the shipping and cruise industries, served on the boards of Holland America Line and Kloster Cruise Ltd. He was formerly a partner of the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company in Europe and became the CEO of Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab in 1976. He was CEO of Royal Viking Line from 1980 to 1984.[8]

Hagen founded Viking River Cruises in 1997; the company as of 2017 has a European fleet of over 60 vessels.[9] In May 2013, the company started an ocean cruise division, and changed its name to Viking Cruises. As of 2017, it has three ocean-going ships.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Hagen is married, with two children, and lives in Switzerland. His daughter Karine Hagen works for Viking River Cruises.[10]


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  2. ^ "When Holland Inc. Goes Shopping, Belgium Always Gets Bought Out -". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Interest in European River Cruises Soars". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  4. ^ Gene Sloan (2012-03-21). "Viking River Cruises expansion likely to continue into 2014 -". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  5. ^ Torstein Hagen. "Torstein Hagen: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Torstein Hagen". Forbes. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Global Conference 2006 | Torstein Hagen". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  8. ^ "The Second Coming Of Torstein Hagen: Full Circle In Bergen". 2015-05-24. Retrieved 2017-03-20. 
  9. ^ a b O'Bannon, Isaac M. (1 March 2017). "Viking Launches Third Luxury Ocean Liner". CPA Practice Advisor. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  10. ^ Hamburg Messe (2015-06-26). "Karine Hagen is Viking Sea's godmother". Retrieved 2017-03-20.