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Kjell Inge Røkke has become Norway's undisputed oil king

In his native Norway, Kjell Inge Røkke is known as the man from the small town of Molde, who started as a fisherman and who has since then usually been drawing the longest straws. With the creation of new oil giant Aker BP, the billionaire strikes again.

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The story of 57-year-old Kjell Inge Røkke is the story of a boy from the small town of Molde in Norway, who took a job on a fishing boat in Alaska and has been reaching for the sky ever since.

On Friday, he added a new feather to his hat when the agreement between Det Norske Oljeselskap and BP to create Aker BP was formalized after two weeks of hectic negotiations, and the deal means that Røkke is once again holding very strong cards.

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