Saturday, August 06, 2016

This Secretive Swedish Billionaire Is The Only One To Have Reached All Eight Poles, Now He Is Preparing His Next Expedition

Via Business Insider:

On December 20 a 55-strong research crew involving scientists from 30 countries will set out from Cape Town in South Africa on a three-month voyage on board the Russian research vessel Akademik Treshnikov.

The scientists on the Antarctic Circumpolar Expedition hope to extensively probe the Southern Ocean and map unexplored biota around Antarctica.

Behind the new expedition is one the richest and most secretive Swedes, the 66-year old Frederik Paulsen. His parents founded Ferring Pharmaceuticals in Sweden in 1950. Today Ferring Pharmaceuticals is headquarterd in Switzerland and is one of the 50 largest pharma companies in the world. Frederik Paulsen is the sole owner.

With a net worth of 35 billion SEK, or approximately 4 billion dollars, and a large lust for adventure he has joined many expeditions during his life, though it is not clear if he is also attending this new expedition or if he is only paying for it.

He is a member of the American Explorers Club and the only person in the world to have attained all eight poles. It took him 13 years.

”It is very hard to carry out a Polar expedition, especially in the north, without cooperating with the Russians. I started to build a network in Russia and today I have a number of philantropic activities going on there”, he said in an interview with Veckans Affärer.

He is motivated by challenges and hates to fail.

Some expeditions are more nerve-wracking than others, such as the time when the Russian submarine Mir 2 lost contact with the mothership on the way up from the bottom of the ocean. In ninety minutes Frederik Paulsen and the others in the crew were floating freely.

”Why become nervous? I just went to bed, there was nothing else I could do”.

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