Axel Wenner-Gren

Swedish Businessman
Born Jun 5, 1881

Axel Lennart Wenner-Gren was a Swedish entrepreneur and one of the wealthiest men in the world during the 1930s.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Axel Wenner-Gren.


1881 Birth He was born on 5 June 1881 in Uddevalla, a town on the west coast of Sweden. … Read More


1902 21 Years Old In 1902, at the age of 21, he left Sweden to further his studies in Germany. … Read More
1904 23 Years Old After some difficulty, he found work with the German subsidiary of Alfa Laval Separator where he developed skills as a salesman, before quitting in 1904 to work selling agricultural machinery near Stuttgart which, with financial support from his father, had become his first financial enterprise.
1908 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1908, he traveled to America where he learned about engines for agricultural use, returning to Europe the same year.
1909 28 Years Old After what can only be described as a whirlwind romance, when the ship arrived at Southampton, they traveled to London where they married on December 14, 1909 before traveling on to Berlin where she was going to complete her studies. … Read More


1940 59 Years Old Wenner-Gren also diversified his interests into the ownership of newspapers, banks and arms manufacturers, and acquired many of the holdings of the disgraced safety-match tycoon Ivar Kreuger. In Mexico in the 1930s, he was in economic alliance with Maximino Ávila Camacho, strongman of the Mexican state of Puebla, whose brother Manuel Ávila Camacho became President of Mexico in 1940. … Read More


1941 60 Years Old 1 More Event
Wenner-Gren also founded and endowed The Viking Fund in 1941, an organization supporting anthropological research.
1952 71 Years Old …  In November 1952, Wenner-Gren helped the company to incorporate. … Read More
1959 78 Years Old Among Wenner-Gren's other interests were monorail train systems. His company, ALWEG, built the original Disneyland Monorail System in 1959 and the Seattle Center Monorail in 1962.
1961 80 Years Old Died in 1961.
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