John Fredriksen is a shipping tycoon of Norwegian origin. He owns the biggest fleet of oil tankers in the world. He was once listed as the richest man in Norway before he renounced his Norwegian citizenship in favor of a Cypriot one. He currently resides in London in the U.K. He is one of the richest shipping tycoons in the world & is worth about 11.5 billion USD. His chain of companies form the backbone of his wealth. He owns investment companies like Meisha, Hemen Holdings and through these he runs firms like Frontline and Golar LNG. .He owns the majority stake in offshore drilling company SeaDrill, fishing company Marine Harvest , dry bulk firm Golden Ocean Group, supply vessel firm Deep Sea Supply & a smaller stake in the tanker company Overseas Shipholding Group.
His enormous wealth has ensured a very luxurious lifestyle for him. He owns several luxury homes in Marbella, Oslo, Cyprus & Chelsea in London. Most of his homes are reported to be sea facing. His Chelsea home is valued at about 200 million USD. He is an avid collector of classic Norwegian art. He is passionate about football & owns the Norwegian club Vålerenga I.F. He drives around in luxury cars like Lamborghini & Ford Thunderbird SuperCoupe. He flies around the world in a Gulfstream 550 private jet. He is not known whether he is involved in any charitable activities. His is a typical rags to riches story. He was born in a middle class Norwegian family. His father was a welder. His entrepreneurial streak was visible from a very early age & he started his own enterprise at the age of 27. He was once married to Inger Katharina Astrup Fredriksen but unfortunately his wife passed away a few years ago. The couple were blessed with twin daughters Kathrine and Cecilie who were born in 1983. He has been involved in a few controversies in his personal life when he was detained by the authorities over allegations that he jeopardized the life of his crew members to make a quick profit.