Kidnappers demand €9 million cryptocurrency ransom for wealthy Norwegian woman

Wife of Norwegian billionaire kidnapped – ransom to be paid in monero

Married to a real estate and energy magnate, Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, 68, disappeared on October 31, police said.

He urged the family not to pay the ransom money and said that the people behind the kidnapping "have chosen to communicate digitally and we have had no other type of contact". It demanded a ransom of 9 million euros ($10.3 million) worth of Monero tokens be paid for her return.

Multi-millionaire real estate investor Tom Hagen is listed among Norway's richest men, however, his wealth has unfortunately made him and his family a target for cyber criminals. She's been missing for 10 weeks and is believed to have been kidnapped.

Family lawyer, Svein Holden, told reporters: 'The family sees this as a cruel and inhumane act.

Police have been investigating the case discreetly for several weeks but decided to make it public in the hope someone would come forward with information, Brøske said.

The missing woman's husband, Tom Hagen, 68, is Norway's 172nd richest man, according to the magazine Kapital, with an estimated fortune of 1.7 billion kroner (174 million euros, $200 million).

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He is the majority owner in Elkraft-an electricity company he co-founded in 1992-holding 70 percent of the firm. Moreover, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement [Europol] and the International Criminal Police Organization [Interpol] have been informed of the case and are now involved in it with the police.

Many Norwegian media outlets knew of Mrs Falkevik Hagen's disappearance but did not publish any details after the police warned against publicising the kidnap over fears the attackers would harm the victim.

The couple lived "a rather anonymous lifestyle", according to Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

"We have not known anything comparable in this country", said Broske.

"We still have no suspects", he said. Norwegian police have also engaged global counterparts in Interpol and Europol as part of the probe.

Kidnappings are extremely rare in the Scandinavian nation, which has 5.3 million people and prides itself on low crime rates.

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