Johann Olav Koss

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(speed skater)
Drammen, Norway
Alma materUniversity of Queensland, University of Toronto
Member ofWEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/1996, WEF/Young Global Leaders/2006
Norwegian Olympic champion. When attending 2006 Bilderberg conference he led a Canadian NGO.

Johann Olav Koss is a former speed skater from Norway. He won four Olympic gold medals, including three at the 1994 Winter Olympics in his home country, making him a national icon.

He led a Canadian NGO when he attended the 2006 Bilderberg conference. He was selected a Global Leader for Tomorrow in 1996 Young Global Leader in 2006 (the continuation program) by the World Economic Forum.

Later Career

After his speed skating career, Koss trained as a physician at the University of Queensland in Australia.[1] He became a UNICEF ambassador and a member of the International Olympic Committee (until 2002). He married Canadian businessperson and politician Belinda Stronach on 31 December 1999, but they divorced in 2003.

In 2000, Koss founded the Canadian-based International Humanitarian Organisation, Right To Play, which uses sport and play as a tool for the development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world. The organization operates in more than 20 countries reaching over one million children each week and is supported by more than 620 staff worldwide and over 14,900 volunteer Coaches[2], with a total support from various donors of over 600 million dollars.[3]

After resigning from the charity in 2015, he received executive pay for four years afterwards, receiving almost half a million dollars. At the same time, he earned several hundred thousand dollars from other board positions and became director of a hedge fund. Norway has contributed more than NOK 500 million from the development assistance budget to the organization.[3]

In October 2017, Koss was hired for a new job as a department director in a Canadian hedge fund, the investment company Waratah Capital Advisors.[3]

Personal Life

He married his second wife, Jennifer Lee, in New York on 23 May 2009. Lee's friend Chelsea Clinton was one of the bridesmaids.[4] Lee is a Harvard College, University of Oxford, and Harvard Business School graduate, and a former cellist who studied at The Juilliard School. She is the granddaughter of Kim Chung Yul,[5] the former Prime Minister of South Korea and Chief of the Korean Armed Forces during the Korean War. She is the Co-Founder of a retail business called BRIKA which sells products from under-the-radar artisans and makers.[6] She is a former management consultant and most recently a private equity investment professional at Ontario Teachers' Private Capital in Toronto.

In 2019 he moved back to Norway after 20 years in Canada.[3]

Koss completed his Executive MBA at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management in the University of Toronto in Canada. He has Honorary Doctorates from several universities - Brock University, University of Calgary, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, and the University of Agder in Norway.[2] On 1 July 2015, Koss was made an honorary Member of the Order of Canada.[7]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/20068 June 200611 June 2006Canada
54th Bilderberg, held in Canada. 133 guests



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