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Is Maersk working on a Wallenberg model?

Will the Maersk conglomerate be broken down and replaced by a structure similar to Sweden's Wallenberg, where a central investment company partially or fully owns the companies. This is the expectation from several sources with years of Maersk knowledge and with whom ShippingWatch has spoken.

Photo: Carsten Bundgaard

The Wallenberg dynasty is to post-war industrial Sweden what the Maersk family has been to Danish business for decades. The influence of the two family-founded corporate groups remains enormous in the two countries, and both have paved the way for other companies while also setting the standards for the industry.

The Wallenberg family played an active role in building several of Sweden's core companies, including SAAB, Ericsson, Alfa Laval, and ABB, just as the Maersk family created a conglomerate in transport and energy on the back of companies such as the Lindø shipyard, Maersk Line and oil extraction in the North Sea.

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