Bjarne Rieber, Hordnes | Bjarne Rieber (87) has died

Bjarne Rieber, Hordnes | Bjarne Rieber (87) has died
Bjarne Rieber, Hordnes | Bjarne Rieber (87) has died

On Tuesday 7 May, financier and philanthropist Bjarne Rieber passed away. He died suddenly in his home on Kalfaret.

Grew up in an orphanage

Bjarne Rieber was born on 10 June 1936 in Denmark, grew up in an orphanage and came to Bergen as a 6-year-old as the adopted son and only child of Tordis and Fritz C. Rieber. Growing up and much of his adult life, he lived in Kalfaret.

Bjarne Rieber lived for 40 years in his beloved villa at Hordnes, but in 2020 he sold the property “Rieber Garden” and moved back to Kalfaret. The buyer of the property at Hordnes was Espen Galtung Døsvig.

The family business

After education in economics in the USA and Switzerland, he joined the family’s main company Rieber & Søn on 22 June 1962. The company has roots as far back as 1839.

In the decades following his employment, Bjarne Rieber held a number of offices and positions in the family’s many companies. The group had strong growth in several areas over several years, but for most people the food business was probably Toro. This is what Rieber’s close colleague of 45 years, Øystein Elgan, writes in a memorial.

Rieber was an active board member of Rieber & Søn with underlying companies until recently. He owned the companies together with his children, Marianne and Fritz.

Multiple passions

Rieber had a passionate interest in art, and had a substantial collection both at home and in his offices. One of the things he was most proud of was the garden at Hordnes with around 4,600 cataloged trees and plants from all over the world – a mini-arboretum.

His great interest in plant growth meant that he was also the initiator of the Arboretum at Milde, a place he was very keen for.

Together with his wife Yvonne, Rieber was also a generous contributor to national and international institutions. Over many decades, he has donated significant sums to the Bergen Festival, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Opera House, to name a few.

The article is in Norwegian

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