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.

One of those hotels, The Amerikalinjen in Oslo, was just named the 12th-best hotel in the world and the best in Northern Europe by Cond Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards.

Stordalen is known for his outlandish fashion choices , pulling off questionable stunts , and building a billion-dollar fortune even after being ousted from his first CEO position.

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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