Oslo - Gjert Wilhelmsen, co-founder of what would have become the world’s second largest cruiseship owner, has died at the age of 91. In 1968 he was one of the three Norwegian investors who financed and launched what soon came to be the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. At that time, with his brother Arne, he ran in Oslo the firm, one of the most versatile shipping company of Norway, founded by his father Anders in Oslo just before the Second World War. Gjert had earned a degree as a naval architect from The University of Trondheim
Gjert Wilhelmsen’s family owns about 7% of publicly traded Royal Caribbean. Holding company A. Wilhelmsen A. S., owned by the Wilhelmsen family, is active in real estate, shipping, retail and asset management.