Founder of billion pound cruise company embroiled in divorce battle


This month the family court will oversee a divorce battle between the founder of a billion pound cruise company and his estranged wife.

The judge ruled that Torstein Hagen, the Norwegian businessman who founded Viking Cruises, and his partner Ellen-Karine Hagen should be named.

Ms Ellen-Karine told the family division of the High Court in London that she wanted half of her husband’s estimated £770 million fortune.

The exact value of the couple’s assets has not been revealed, although Mrs Justice Roberts, the presiding judge, said a “substantial value” was at stake.

The pair has allegedly enrolled a dozen barristers between them, and the case is taking place in one of the largest courtrooms in the Royal Courts of Justice building in order to accommodate the number of people involved.

However, Mrs Justice Roberts has asked the pair to negotiate and reach an agreed settlement.

The court also heard how both Mr Hagen and Ms Ellen-Karine were in old age and their children had been “dragged” into the dispute about their prospective inheritance.

The case continues.

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