The shipping and grocery store businesses have enriched the majority of those Norwegians with the largest fortunes in the country. Shipowner John Fredriksen, who built up his own wealth, continues to dominate the top of the list, with a net worth reported to be NOK 55.5 billion (USD 10 billion) by magazine Kapital. Fredriksen is 63 years old and proud of hailing from a working class neighbourhood on Oslo's east side. He's officially a citizen of Cyprus now, however, after turning in his Norwegian passport in protest over Norway's tax system.          

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