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 Thomas Fredrik Olsen

Thomas Fredrik Olsen was a businessman and ship owner of Fred. Olsen & Co. Thomas Fredrik Olsen (commonly known as Fred. Olsen) was born in the village of Filtvet. Olsen was the son of ship owner Petter Olsen (1821-1899), the father of Gösta Hammarlund, and the grandfather of Fred. Olsen. He took over as the owner of two of his father´s sailing ships, and later invested in steam ships.

Fred. Olsen took the company from a small business with a few boats into a powerful multinational shipping and ship building business. Olsen was the major shareholder of the workshop Akers Mek. At the time of his death his company, Fred. Olsen & Co., owned 65 ships. After Fred. Olsen´s death, his sons Rudolf Olsen and Thomas Olsen took over the company.

Fred. Olsen was a prominent sailor, and won the Kiel Regatta in 1895. He was decorated Knight, First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1911, and Commander, First Class in 1931. He was also named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.

The younger brother, Petter Olsen, had been involved in a legal process against his older brother concerning the The "Scream" and other Edvard Munch works that had been collected by their father, Thomas Fredrik Olsen. According to the will of their mother, Henriette, the collection was to be left to the younger son. Fredrik Olsen disputed the will but lost the case in the Oslo District Court in 2001.

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