Petter Anker Stordalen
Gunhild Anker Stordalen
Nordic Choice Hotels
Petter Anker Stordalen born in Porsgrunn, a Norwegian investor, hotel "tycoon", property developer and environmentalist. He according to Forbes list of billionaires 2012 stemming from investments in hotels, shopping centers and properties. Stordalen is a self-made business man. Through his company Nordic Choice Hotels, Stordalen owns in excess of 170 hotels and employs more than 9200 people. In the later stages of his career, Stordalen has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors together with his wife, doctor and environmentalist Gunhild Anker Stordalen, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations within environment/climate change and scientific research programs through The Stordalen Foundation, established in 2011.
When Stordalen open the Comfort Hotel Union Brygge in Drammen he is NOT do it mainstream.
After leaving Steen & Strøm Invest, Stordalen struck out on his own teaming up with investor Christen Sveaas. In 1999 Christian Ringnes and his company Eiendomsspar acquired a 35 percent share in Choice Hotels Scandinavia. After a short power struggle, Ringnes folded and Stordalen cemented his control over the company. In 2000 Stordalen formed the company Home Invest, consisting of the properties previously owned by Choice Hotels Scandinavia.
In April 2006 it was announced that Øystein Stray Spetalen, together with Petter Stordalen considered buying all or part of the English football club Liverpool FC. This never materialized. The club was later bought by Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
As his fortune grew, Stordalen started investing in art, mostly contemporary. His first buy was a painting by the American artist Ross Bleckner which still hangs at his private estate. In an interview in September 2012, renown Swedish curator Sune Nordgren stated that Stordalen was the European answer to american hotelier Steve Wynn.
In 2013 Stordalen opened the first Six Stars hotel in Norway called THE THIEF at Tjuvholmen, the city district which was once home to criminals and shady dealings is now a power centre for contemporary art and good city living at the water´s edge. A little island, a whole ocean of experiences. With Oslo´s most spectacular location THE THIEF steals its guests away from everyday life.
THE THIEF reflects its surroundings. From the balcony you can enjoy the view of the fjord. Inside curator Sune Nordgren has hand-picked contemporary art which inspires, surprises and creates aesthetic experiences. The rooms have designer furniture from national and international quality. The Astrup Fearnley Museum, is the hotel´s nearest neighbour.
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