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# Johan Johannson

Random fact: Great-great-grandfather started company in 1866.


Johannson is majority owner of NorgesGruppen, Norway's largest grocer. The Oslo-based business is closely held and has more than 1,800 stores in its home country. The chains it operates include discount retailer Kiwi, Spar supermarkets and Joker convenience stores. It had revenue of 80 billion kroner ($9.5 billion) in 2016.

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Industry Retail
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Citizenship Norway
Age 50
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Birthdate: 1967
Family: Married, 4 children

Johan Johannson was born in 1967. He is the great-great-grandson of Johan Johannson, who founded wholesaler Joh. Johannson in 1866 and his family's grocery business three years later.

The billionaire studied management at university and worked as a consultant for Arthur Andersen before joining the family company. He's the fifth generation of Johannsons to run the retailer.

Johannson and his uncle, Torbjoern, are both directors of the company and his father, Knut Hartvig, is chairman. The trio manage the company together, the billionaire said in an e-mail interview with Norwegian daily Aftenposten in 2011. Johannson and his children have a more than 99 percent economic interest in family holding company Joh. Johannson, which controls a 74 percent stake of the group.

He is married with four children.

  • 1937 Father Knut Hartvig is born.
  • 1967 Johannson is born, representing the fifth-generation of family ownership.
  • 1979 First Kiwi store opens.
  • 1979 The first Kiwi store, a discount chain, opens.
  • 1984 NorgesGruppen obtains the rights to use Spar in Norway.
  • 2000 Merger of wholesale and retail units establishes NorgesGruppen.
  • 2013 Buys controlling stake in Danish retailer Dagrofa.
  • 2014 Competition watchdog suspends cooperation between ICA and NorgesGruppen.