A supermarket tycoon and one of the richest men in Norway has come out as bisexual on a major talk show, in a move promoting LGBT visibility.
At 59, Stein Erik Hagen has amassed a fortune estimated by Forbes to be in the region of $4.3 billion from the RIMI budget supermarket he and his father founded in 1977.
He appeared on the Skavaln show, one of Norway’s biggest chat shows, and told three million viewers he was gay and had come to understand his sexuality later in his life, according to The Local.
LGBT rights across the globe
LGBT rights across the globe
Russia’s antipathy towards homosexuality has been well established following the efforts of human rights campaigners. However, while it is legal to be homosexual, LGBT couples are offered no protections from discrimination. They are also actively discriminated against by a 2013 law criminalising LGBT “propaganda” allowing the arrest of numerous Russian LGBT activists. (Picture: Riot police hold an LGBT activist during a Moscow rall.)
Men who are found having sex with other men face stoning, while lesbians can be imprisoned, under Sharia law. However, the state has not reportedly executed anyone for this ‘crime’ since 1987. (Picture: Chinguetti Mosque, Mauritania.)
3/7 Saudi Arabia
Homosexuality and transgender is illegal and punishable by the death penalty, imprisonment, corporal punishment, whipping and chemical castration. (Picture: The emblem of Saudi Arabia above the embassy in London.)
Bruno Vincent/Getty Images
The official position within the country is that there are no gays. LGBT inviduals, if discovered by the government, are likely to face intense pressure. Punishments range from flogging to the death penalty. (Picture: Yemen's southern port of Aden.)
Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal and in some northern states punishable with death by stoning. This is not a policy enacted across the entire country, although there is a prevalent anti-LGBT agenda pushed by the government. In 2007 a Pew survey established that 97 per cent of the population felt that homosexuality should not be accepted. It is publishable by 14 years in prison. (Picture: The northern Nigerian town of Damasak.)
Homosexuality was established as a crime in 1888 and under new Somali Penal Code established in 1973 homosexual sex can be punishable by three years in prison. (Picture: Families use a boat to cross a flooded Shebelle River, in Jowhar.)
Although same-sex relationships have been decriminalised, much of the population still suffer from intense discrimination. Additionally, in some of the country over-run by the extremist organisation Isis, LGBT individuals can face death by stoning. (Picture: Purported Isis fighters in Iraq.)
“I realised I was gay well into adulthood," he told his host. “When I was in my 20s we didn’t know what it was. We heard about it but did not associate ourselves with it.”
Stein Erik Hagen forteller ikveld at han ikke skjønte han var homofil før i voksen alder. NRK1 21.25 SVT1 22.00 pic.twitter.com/878iOTtNOa— SKAVLANTVShow (@SKAVLANTVShow) October 2, 2015
Hagen later told the VG newspaper that he identified as bisexual, not gay, and said his ex-wives and children had known about his sexuality for years.
- More about: