Fred Kavli – the billionaire patron of research

“Wealthy Norwegians don’t know what they are missing,” says the American billionaire philanthropist Fred Kavli in the Norwegian dialect of his youth. He is donating the bulk of his fortune to research – and encourages others to do the same.

“It’s so delicious to get rid of it,” smiles the youthful, animated 81-year-old in the farmyard of his childhood home in the Romsdalen valley in northwestern Norway.

Read the article about Fred Kavli on the Norwegian Research Council’s website (

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