The wife of a billionaire Norwegian businessman disappeared from her home near Oslo on October 31 last year. Local police recently
confirmed that the woman had been kidnapped and said the incident “posed a very serious threat”.
The kidnappers also offered a ransom of 9 million euros and demanded payment in encrypted currency equivalent.
The disappearance of Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik, a 68-year-old wife of Tom Hagen, a wealthy Norwegian businessman, on October 31 last year was confirmed by Norwegian police as a kidnapping case, the BBC reported that the kidnappers demanded a ransom of 9 million euros and demanded payment in the encrypted currency Monero, similar to Bitcoin.
Hagen, a wealthy investor in real estate and energy, is estimated to be worth 1.7 billion Norwegian kroner (about 174 million euros). According to the Norwegian financial magazine Kapital, Hagen ranks 172 on the Norwegian Rich List. Police said there was no evidence to prove the victim’s personal safety and advised family members not to pay ransom.
In a statement, the police said that despite the threat of kidnappers, they decided to make the case public in order to get more clues.