One of Norway’s richest men, Stein Erik Hagen, has come out as gay at the age of 59.
Coming out to NRK, he said: ‘I realized that I was gay in adulthood. When I was in my 20s we did not know what it was. We had heard about it, but it was not something we associated ourselves with.’
He was born in July 1956 and the law decriminalizing homosexuality in Norway didn’t come in until he was 16-years-old, he said.
But while he has never been open about his sexuality, Hagen has been a gay rights campaigner for years.
He campaigned for acceptance in the church, investing hundreds of thousands of krone into the fight.
Hagen is worth between Kr16billion and Kr24billion. That’s $2.4billion, €2.1billion to $3.6billion, €3.2billion.
He is a former supermarket owner, and now is chairman of Orkla, a Norwegian conglomerate with 30,000 employees in more than 40 countries and a turnover of Kr61billion ($9.2billion €8.1billion).
He has four children from two marriages. He married his last partner Mille-Marie Treschow in 2004 and they announced they were splitting in 2012.