- Petter Stordalen is a Norwegian hotelier who wears 12-pound, one-of-a-kind Balmain jackets , rappels down the facades of hotels , and spends his fortune investing in environmentally friendly causes.
- He now owns the biggest hotel chain in Scandinavia along with a smattering of other business ventures, including the Scandinavian arm of recently bankrupted Thomas Cook , but he got his start selling strawberries in his local market.
- The 57-year-old is worth $1.4 billion , according to Forbes.
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Petter Stordalen thanks tiny strawberries for his fortune.
At age 12, he was selling strawberries in his local Norwegian market. Now, at age 57, he owns a variety of businesses through a corporation he named the Strawberry Group. Included in that group is the largest hotel chain in Scandinavia, with just under 200 hotels.
Representatives of Stordalen's company, the Strawberry Group, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on Stordalen's career, net worth, or personal life from Business Insider.
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