Kunal Mukhopadhyay

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Sven Hagströmer

In biography, Blogging, Sweden on June 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Lately have been coming across a lot in the media about Sven Hagströmer so I finally got hands on a recent article in Dagens Industri about this charismatic venture capitalist.

For one I was impressed by his down-to-earth personality as it appeared. No airs about who he is – answers the phone himself on the first ring and takes quick decisions. Sharp, terse, focused.

And that at his age (67) he is training to get his pilot’s license! That was an inspiration in itself.

I first saw him on the TV show Draknästet and was somewhat intrigued by his persona. It isn’t surprising he is who is he is today given that at the age of 14 when boys his age were more interested in football, he was buying shares and following the stock market.

(Another celebrity who bought his first stock at the age of 15 is author and criminilogist Leif GW Persson.)

Hagströmer and Qviberg were the founders of  (the lately infamous) HQ bank in Sweden. And speaking of banks, it was intriguing to see him go on the offensive against the greed-infested bankers in his quote-

Jag tar mitt ansvar – säger någon. Genom att sitta kvar!

Hur tänker man då?

I finans sektorn, med krisen i baltikum som bra exempel, är ju ledningarna inte lösningen, de är problemet!

I hope to have lunch with him some day.

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