What could be more unselfish for a billionaire than to act for a noble cause? Like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, Kjell Inge Rokke has announced that he is preparing to devote most of its 1.8 billion euros to fight against pollution at sea. A gesture that does not go unnoticed, since his project is to build a yacht, which will collect 5 tons of plastic a day from the oceans!
But who is this Kjell Inge Rokke? He is one of the richest men in Norway, with an estimated wealth of $ 8 billion. Still, things had not started so well for him. He left his country of origin without a diploma because of dyslexia. At the age of 17, he worked as a fisherman in the ports of Seattle before returning and building his empire, one of the world’s leading fishing companies. His group, Kværner, now brings together several companies that operate mainly in oil and gas, shipping and offshore drilling. An exciting story of self-made billionaire.
And now he wants to give back to the society and participate in cleaning the oceans. A beautiful way of thinking, simple and humble, which proves his gratitude, as he explains:
The sea has given me great opportunities and I am grateful for that. I now want to give back to society most of what I have earned.
This research expedition ship (more commonly called the REV) will be one of the largest yachts in the world. It will be exploited independently by WWF, the largest conservation organization in the world! It can even accommodate up to 60 researchers and 30 people.
But also, this tremendous ship will carry equipments, observe the environment of the oceans (up to 6,000 meters deep). The REV will also be able to collect and melt up to 5 tons of plastic a day.
An idea that stands out, thought by a very generous billionaire . Who would’ve believed that ? A nice initiative on a larger scale, which surpasses many initiatives done by other billionaires.