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Back from the brink: the FT’s Monday Interview featuring investor Thor Bjorgolfsson

Thor Bjorgolfsson speaker [Official]This week’s Monday Interview in the Financial Times featured investor Thor Bjorgolfsson, a self-confessed deal addict and once Iceland’s most bank­able billionaire.

Described by some as “the Icelander who played a lead role in his country’s boom and bust,” Thor made and lost a pan-European $4bn telecoms-to-banking empire in 2008. However, as noted in the title of his new book, “Billions to Bust – and Back” (2014), Thor has since re-established himself as an active player in the global market.

Thor plans to return to Russia, where he made his first $100m, and is pursuing deals “in the sectors I’ve succeeded in — telecoms or pharmaceuticals.” However, his appetite for risk is not what it was now that he has a wife and three small children. “Entrepreneurs need to spot opportunities and go all the way. If you are timid, falter or have self-doubts you won’t get there,” he says. “In youth you go further.”

Click here to read the interview in full.

For more information on how to book Thor Bjorgolfsson as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Alex Hickman at alex@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8004.

Thor Bjorgolfsson, the self-styled “adventure capitalist” who talks about learning from failure, rejoins the “Forbes World’s Billionaires List”

In his first extensive interview since the economic meltdown, Thor Bjorgolfsson, a self-styled “adventure capitalist” and Chartwell’s latest exclusive speaker, has been interviewed by Forbes magazine following his return to the Forbes World’s Billionaires list this year.

The interview outlines Thor’s remarkable story, narrated in the Icelandic billionaire’s recently published autobiography, “Billions to Bust—and Back: How I Made, Lost and Rebuilt a Fortune, And What I Learned on the Way” (2014). It details his personal perspective of what it felt like to be in the eye of the storm of the economic meltdown. Forbes writes that “once revered as an economic Pied Piper whose bank “guaranteed” high interest rates, [Thor] became one of the most hated men in Iceland, who many blamed personally for the disaster.”

However, by 2014, through various strategic investments of his private equity fund Novator Partners LLP (the London-based alternative investment firm he founded), Thor became a billionaire once again. Now a leading speaker on the power of positive thinking and learning from failure, Forbes notes that Thor is “out restore something more valuable than his fortune: his reputation.”

Intensely proud, Thor swears billionairehood will be different the second time around. “Like an animal who learns in the jungle,” he says, “I really am trying to learn something from this.”

Click here to read his full story.

For more information on how to book Thor Bjorgolfsson as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Alex Hickman at alex@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8004.

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