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Product Details

  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: North American Heritage Press; 1st English Edition edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942323432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942323436
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,092,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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North American Heritage Press is pleased to bring to the English-reading world this translation of a great book originally only available in Norwegian. A good read for anyone, this translation will be especially welcomed by the nearly five million Americans who consider themselves of Norwegian descent.
This long-awaited, authorized biography of Olav Thon, Norway s wealthiest man, is a credit to author Hallgrim Berg, who has obviously earned the respect and confidence of the billionaire, and from his special vantage point, has been able to capture the real essence of Thon s greatness.
Author Hallgrim Berg has written an outstanding account of Thon s rags-to-riches business adventure of nearly 80 years, which contains crystal-clear recollections shared with his fellow friend from Hallingdal, Norway. There are no yachts or private jets for Thon; he invests his profits to increase their value and to provide jobs for the people and tax revenue for the government.
Olav Thon, A billionaire in a parka, could be considered four books in one:

A Business book: From Business 101 through a Master s Degree course, it s show-and-tell time with Olav Thon, who has bought up and developed half a kingdom.

A Health and Fitness book: Walk with a lean, hearty and healthy outdoorsman who has possibly trekked farther than any other Norwegian.

A Travel book: He has rowed tourists over Lake Djup as a child and generously sponsored the building of cabins for trekkers in the grandeur of Norway s mountains.

A Do-It-Yourself book: The blueprint for success is here, now go and do-it-yourself... become a billionaire! --Allen O. Larson, Publisher, North American Heritage Press

About the Author

Author and folk musician Hallgrim Berg (b. 1945) is from Aal, Hallingdal, Norway. Graduating Cand. philol. from the University of Oslo in 1972, he served as a member of the Norwegian parliament for 24 years (1977-2001), 16 of those years as an elected representative. From 1992 through 1997, he chaired the European Democratic Group in the Council of Europe. Current president of the Nordmanns-Forbundet (Norse Federation), he is a member of the Broadcasting Council and the Arts Council of Norway.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Georgia Roslund on June 17, 2013
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The book is not particularly well written but tells the story of a mans rise from very modest beginnings to great wealth. How could this happen in a socialistic country with very high tax rates. Also it appears none of his wealth was derived from an investment in oil. He is a true real estate guru working within a society of stringent and narrow regulations. A true "Norseman" who loves his country and the outdoor life it provides.
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