Petter Stordalen is a Norwegian investor, hotel "tycoon", property developer and a self-proclaimed environmentalist. He has an estimated personal net worth of USD 1.2 bn according to Forbes list of billionaires, stemming from investments in hotels, shopping centers and properties. Stordalen is a self-made business man. Through his company Nordic Choice Hotels, Stordalen owns in excess of 170 hotels and employs more than 9200 people.
In the later stages of his career, Stordalen has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors together with his wife, doctor and environmentalist Gunhild Anker Stordalen, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations within environment/climate change and scientific research programs through The Stordalen Foundation, established in 2011.
Now the hotel owner wants to house 1000 refugees in his own hotels.
On Saturday morning Petter Stordalen was a guest on TV 2 Nyhetskanalen and he made it clear that Norwegian authorities must contribute immediately.
- Something must be done in a hurry, and Norway must do something, he said.
- If the problem is accommodation for a thousand people, I guarantee that I'll fix it, he said during the live broadcast on Saturday morning.
Norwegian authorities have had to live with fierce criticism from lots of naive people for not contributing enough or quickly enough to resolve the crisis in the Mediterranean.
ISIS mingling with other hotel guests and tourists will of course become a grand success.
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