Thor Björgólfsson, BS '91

Founder, Novator LLP

Thor Bjorgolfsson was born in Iceland in 1967. He graduated from Iceland College of Commerce, Reykjavík, in 1987, and from New York University with a degree in finance in 1991.

From 1992, Thor worked as a marketing director in the brewing industry – first in Iceland and later in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1996, he co-founded Bravo International Ltd. in St. Petersburg and from the beginning was the chairman of the board. In 2002, he and his partners sold Bravo International to Heineken International. During that time, Thor was also involved in the field of generic pharmaceuticals and had become the chairman of the board of Pharmaco, now known as Actavis. In 2002, Thor co-founded the holding company Samson and became the chairman of the board. Samson had controlling stakes in the Icelandic financial companies Landsbanki and Straumur-Burdaras where he served as the chairman of the board from 2004 - 2009. In 2004, Thor founded the permanent capital investment firm Novator LLP, currently operating a Private Equity Fund and a Credit Opportunity Fund. Since then, Thor has been investing through Novator, noticeably in companies in Scandinavia, as well as Central and Eastern Europe.

In 2005, Thor was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, which holds its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. He is also a member of the board of the EastWest Institute a leading policy think tank addressing regional and global challenges. He lives in London with his family.