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The company Kistefos has investments in tanker- and dry cargo-shipping, offshore services, financial services, private equity, venture capital, technology founded investments and real estate development. Kistefos Træsliberi has interests in forestry, and related industrial activities in addition to various financial investments.

Christen Sveaas born in Oslo is a Norwegian investor. Sveaas has a degree from the University of St. Gallen in 1981. His paternal grandfather Anders Sveaas (1840–1917), who founded the company Kistefos Træsliberi in 1889. The company was sold by the family to Viul Tresliperi in 1983, against Christen Sveaas´ wish. He had then started his first investment company in 1979, and from 1982 to 1985 he worked in Grieg Finans before becoming independent again. He made a series of successful investments in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In 1993 Sveaas bought back Kistefos Træsliberi. Sveaas also started the investment company Kistefos, where he is the sole owner and chairman of the board. Kistefos is the owner of Phonero. Sveaas initiated the Kistefos Museum, the original and fully intact wood pulp mill from 1889, and is a board member and main sponsor. Sveaas has also sponsored the Vigeland Museum and the Vigeland sculpture park in Frogner Park, Oslo. Sveaas is a collector of art and wine, he has also invested in horse gallop racing and owned the restaurant Bagatelle.

Sveaas has during the years served on several boards, Orkla Group, Stolt-Nielsen, Tschudi & Eitzen, Vestenfjeldske Bykreditt, SkipsKredittforeningen and Treschow-Fritzøe. Presently Sveaas is member of Deans Council, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Furthermore he is the Chairman of the board for the Anders Sveaas Almennyttige Fond, a Norwegian charitable foundation founded in 1990. Its focus is to support organisations without relevant public funding, and young promising classical musicians through scholarships and instrument loans.

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