Business: The Norse Raider

While becoming one of Norway's richest men, self-made Shipping Magnate Hilmar Reksten, 75, made more than his share of business enemies. Even two of his children sued him in disputes over money. He was luckier in his two marriages to rich women, who helped to tide him over in tough times. Reksten amassed a fleet of 15 ships, 2.3 million deadweight tons, and the recent boom in tanker rates has greatly enhanced his multimillion-dollar fortune. At times, he can even let his ships lie idle while waiting for rates to go still higher.


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