Røkke vows to leave bulk of his wealth to philanthropic interests

One of Norway’s richest men is following the likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet in vowing to leave the bulk of his riches to philanthropic interests. Kjell Inge Røkke, the boss of Aker and the architect of much of the consolidation seen in the local OSV scene in the past 18 months, told local newspaper Aftenposten this week: “I will give back to the community the bulk of what I have earned.”

The 58-year old billionaire did not elaborate on how he intended to distribute his wealth but his decision to put pen to paper yesterday to build a new research vessel in cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund is the first part of Røkke’s charitable drive.

Shipbuilder Vard Holdings will design and build the research expedition vessel. The 182 m long vessel will be able to monitor and survey marine life in all the world’s oceans and will be the longest ever built by Vard. It will enter service in 2020.

Røkke is listed in a recent survey as Norway’s 10th richest citizen.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Would Mr Rokke consider working with a Scottish Community group on the Clyde in helping us rescue the 139 yr old tall ship, ‘Falls of Clyde’ to bring her home to Glasgow and to be rebuilt as a community education vessel taking education to poorer communities across the globe.

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