Swedish billionaires: Frederik Paulsen Jr, net worth 6.8 billion (2017)

Swedish billionaires: Frederik Paulsen Jr, net worth 6.8 billion (2017)

NordenBladet – Frederik Paulsen is a Swedish billionaire and businessman, chairman of Ferring Pharmaceuticals. Frederik Dag Arfst Paulsen was born on 30 October 1950 in Stockholm, Sweden. His father was Frederik Paulsen Sr, the founder of Ferring Pharmaceuticals. Frederik Paulsen grew up in Sweden, with his father and his father’s second wife, Eva Wolf Frandsen – one of the founding researchers at Ferring. He attended school in Sweden and then went on to study chemistry at the Christian Albrecht University in Kiel, Germany and business administration at Lund University in Sweden.

Frederik Paulsen is now based in Switzerland, where he benefits from lump-sum taxation. His business interests focus mainly on the Ferring Pharmaceuticals Group where he has worked since 1976 and has been the chairman since 1988.

During this period he established the company his father founded in Malmö, Sweden as an international operation. Today, Ferring has operations in over 50 countries and sells its products in more than 100 countries around the globe. Ferring specialized from the outset in peptide drugs and has continued in its commitment to their development.

Paulsen’s business activities extend into other pharmaceutical and life science areas and publishing. Paulsen’s other business interests include:

Polypeptide Laboratories BV
Nordic Group BV
Euro-Diagnostica AB
Editions Paulsen

In addition, he has interests in real estate and viticulture. Frederik Paulsen also holds several board memberships. He is for instance member of the board of directors of the tobacco company Philip Morris International.

Since 2009, Frederik Paulsen also has held the position of honorary consul general of the Russian Federation, a form of pro-Russian soft power.

Paulsen is the recipient of numerous national honours and holds many and varied positions. Some of these are listed here:

Doctorate honoris causa, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland
Doctorate honoris causa, Technology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Doctorate honoris causa, Faculty of Medicine, Christian Albrecht University, Kiel, Germany
Doctorate honoris causa, Politics, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Moscow, Russian Federation
Professor honoris causa, University of Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
Honorary director, The Explorers Club, New York, USA
Honorary fellowship, Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Scotland, United Kingdom
Doctorate honoris causa, Kazan National Research Technological University, Kazan, Respublika Tatarstan, Russian Federation
Honorary director, Save Venice Inc., New York, USA

Ehrenbürgerschaft, Honorary Citizenship, awarded by the Christian Albrecht University, Kiel, Germany.
Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Knight of the Legion of Honour, granted by President Nicolas Sarkozy of the French Republic.
Орден Дружбы, Order of Friendship presented by President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation.
Ridder af Dannebrogordenen, Cross of the Order of Chivalry granted by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
Bundesverdienstkreuz I. Klasse, Order of Merit Class I awarded by President Horst Köhler of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Нагрудный знак «Почетному полярнику», Honorary Polar Explorer Medal, Aspol, Moscow, Russian Federation.
Nga Dap Pel Gi Khorlo, The Order of the Druk Gyalpo, presented by King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan.
Нагрудный знак Министерства Иностранных Дел Российской Федерации «За вклад в Международное сотрудничество», Decoration for Contribution to International Cooperation presented by the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation.
ღირსების ორდენი, The Order of Honor, awarded by President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia.
Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), granted by Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II.
Order of St John Service Medal, awarded by Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.
Freeman of the City of London, United Kingdom.
Companion of The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom, awarded by the Council of The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom.
Vilkitsky Decoration, granted by the Polar Research Fund of the Russian Federation.
Silver Medal of Russian Geographic Society, awarded by Mr.Shoygu of RGS, Russia.
Climber of Russia, awarded by the Alpinist Federation of Russia.
Lowell Thomas Medal, awarded by The Explorers Club, New York, USA.
Scottish Geographical Medal, awarded by Royal Scottish Geographical Society, United Kingdom.
Medal of Honour, granted by the Granada Dance and Music International Festival, Spain.
Patron of Exploration, granted by The Explorers Club, New York, USA.

Paulsen holds the following memberships among others:

Member of the Board of MGIMO University, Moscow, Russian Federation.
Member of the Kuratorium Pro Universitate of the Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany.
Trustee of the Salk Institute of Biological Research, La Jolla, California, USA.
Trustee of the South Georgia Heritage Trust, Dundee, Scotland.
Trustee of the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan.
Life member of The Explorers Club, New York City, USA.
Honorary Member of the Polar Explorers Association, Moscow, Russian Federation.
Director of the Board of the Museum Kunst der Westküste, Alkersum, Germany.
Member of the Advisory Board, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Washington, DC, USA.
Member of the Advisory Board, Arctic Circle
Member of the Advisory Council for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Polar Regions in Westminster, United Kingdom
Member of the Vladivostok Maritime Assembly
Member of the Board of Trustees, Lausanne Opera Foundation Council, Lausanne, Switzerland
Founding member of the Swiss Polar Institute (SPI), Berne, Switzerland

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