28 September 2023 - Helsinki, Finland

Nicolai Tangen

Hedge Fund Manager, Philanthropist, Art Collector

Nicolai Tangen is responsible for the management of the Government Pension Fund Global. This includes the daily operation and the development of Norges Bank Investment Management. He joined Norges Bank Investment Management as Chief Executive Officer on 1 September 2020. 

Nicolai was previously Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer in AKO Capital, which he founded in 2005. He also set up the AKO Foundation in 2013, which supports charitable initiatives to improve education, promote the arts and mitigate climate problems. Prior to this, Tangen was a partner and senior analyst at Egerton Capital and an equity analyst at Cazenove & Co.

Nicolai holds a Bachelor’s Degree in finance from the Wharton School and Master’s Degrees in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics. He has also studied Russian at the Norwegian Armed Forces’ School of Intelligence and Security.

Making Sense in a Time of Turmoil

A conversation with Nicolai Tangen

Nicolai Tangen will share from his experience as a prominent financial leader and visionary. In this thought-provoking moderated conversation, he shares insights and perspectives on making sense of and navigating through turbulent times, in the financial realm and beyond.

  • How to navigate financial turbulence and leverage expertise to make informed decisions
  • How to employ long-term thinking and resilient strategies to deliver sustainable results
  • How to identify opportunities amidst economic uncertainty and provide valuable lessons on how to embrace disruption

Why Should You Listen to Him?

CEO of Norges Bank Investment Management

Since 2020, Nicolai has been managing the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, which is the largest publicly held financial fund in the world.

Founder of the AKO Foundation

The AKO Foundation supports charitable causes that improve education, promote the arts, and mitigate climate problems. In addition to this foundation, Nicolai is known for his philanthropy through various charitable initiatives.

A Jack of All Trades

Nicolai has a Bachelor’s Degree in finance from the Wharton School, and two Master’s Degrees: one in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and one in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics.

He also holds the biggest private collection of modernist Nordic art in the world.

Get to Know Nicolai

Book recommendations, Podcast, Keynote


Book recommendations by Nicolai Tangen – LinkedIn


Nicolai’s podcast – In Good Company With Nicolai Tangen


Why Every Norwegian is a Millionaire – TEDx Talk

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