Kjell Inge Røkke, Aker ASA’s main owner, has been a driving force in the development of Aker since the 1990s. Mr. Røkke launched his business career with the purchase of a 69-foot trawler in the United States in 1982, and gradually built a leading worldwide fisheries business.
In 1996, the Røkke controlled company, RGI, purchased enough Aker shares to become Aker’s largest shareholder, and later merged RGI with Aker. Mr. Røkke is currently chairman of Aker ASA, The Resource Group TRG AS and TRG Holding AS, as well as director of several companies, including Aker BP ASA, Aker Solutions ASA, Ocean Yield ASA, Aker BioMarine ASA, Aker Property Group AS, Aker Energy AS, Aker Horizons AS, Aker Offshore Wind AS, Aize Holding, Aker Clean Hydrogen AS, Cognite AS, Seetee Topco AS, REV Ocean AS, and Rec Silicon ASA.
As at 31 December 2020, Mr. Røkke holds 50 673 577 (68.2 per cent) in Aker ASA through his investment company TRG AS and its subsidiaries, and has no stock options. Mr. Røkke also served on the board from 2004-2006, and later since 2009. He is currently elected for the period 2018–2022. Mr. Røkke is a Norwegian citizen.