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"I told them I wanted to be a boss when I grew up"

Career Path: Olaug Svarva, chief executive of Folketrygdfondet, the manager of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Norway (GPFN), has now decided to leave the organization to look for new opportunities. After 12 years at the fund's helm, she tells AMWatch how she got started on her path to the top.

Olaug Svarva | Photo: PR

What career path did you envision for yourself when you were younger?

I come from a entrepreneurial background. First it was my father who was leading a family business, and then my mother was doing that too, so we discussed business and politics around the table at home. When I was very young, I wanted to be a boss when I grew up. At school, I did know I wanted to do something in business, or social economics or political science. Then after high school, I went to business school, first in Norway, and then in the US, at the University of Denver. I did a bachelors' degree in business administration and then an MBA in finance. In all, I spent nearly three years at university in the US.

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