Thor Björgólfsson, BS '91
Thor Bjorgolfsson was born in Iceland 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 in Russia. In 1996 he co-founded Bravo International Ltd. in St. Petersburg and from the beginning was he the chairman of the board. In 2002 he and his partners sold Bravo International to Heineken International. At that time he was already involved in the field of generic pharmaceuticals and had become the chairman of the board of Pharmaco, - now known as Actavis, the fourth largest company in its field in the world. 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. From 2004 Thor has through Novator been investing noticeably in companies in Scandinavia and Central and Eastern Europe.
Since 2005 Thor has been 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.
Thor lives in London with his family.