Torbjörn Törnqvist

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Torbjörn Törnqvist
Born1953 (age 6768)
Stockholm, Sweden
Alma mater Stockholm University
Net worthUS$2.1 billion (April 2017) [1]

Torbjörn Törnqvist (born 1953) is a Swedish billionaire, and the CEO and co-founder of Gunvor, "one of the largest commodities conglomerates in the world", with the Russian billionaire, Gennady Timchenko. [1] [2]


Early life

Törnqvist was born in 1953, [3] in Stockholm, Sweden. [2] He has a degree from Stockholm University. [1]


Törnqvist co-founded Gunvor in 1997, [3] and he is its CEO. [2]

In 2016, he reduced his stake in Gunvor from 78% to 70%, and received a special dividend of about $1 billion, part of which went to repay his co-founder Gennady Timchenko, who sold his 44% to Törnqvist in March 2014, a day before Timchenko was sanctioned by the US for his "close ties to Vladimir Putin". [4]


In 2017, a Swedish Radio documentary presented evidence that Gunvor had been involved in a Belarusian oil smuggling scheme under Törnqvist's watch, featuring corruption at the highest levels in the Belarus government. [5] This documentary, which includes an interview with Törnqvist, won the 2017 Prix Europa award in the "Radio Current Affairs" category. [6] Gunvor has officially denied any wrongdoing.


Törnqvist is a keen sailor, and the head of Artemis Racing, who have competed in the America’s Cup. [7] [8]

Personal life

Törnqvist lives in Geneva, Switzerland. [1]

His first wife was Eva Birgitta Törnqvist. [9] His second wife is Natalia, with whom he has a son. [9]

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