Host Evan Vanderveer introduces you to exceptionally talented entrepreneurs from around the globe, drawing out timeless business and personal lessons. With an enormous range of personalities from a wide variety of industries around the world, we endeavor to uncover big ideas one can only discover 'off the beaten path.'
Installing the Nordics - Per Sjöstrand
In this fascinating conversation, Per talks about his early years trekking through the Swedish mountains north of the Arctic Circle for weeks on end, his drive to be a leader or follow in his father’s footsteps as a CEO, how he got the idea to build a decentralized installation group and the enormous growth opportunities still ahead for Instalco. We dive deep into the group’s structure, how Instalco is leading the charge on ESG, and what has made Per most proud after completing 100 acquisitions and creating a business with a $3 billion market cap in just seven short years.
Sealess Seafood - Lou Cooperhouse
In this fascinating conversation, Lou talks about his early interest in microorganisms, his nearly four-decade career in the food industry, how he discovered the “holy grail” of cell-based food, and the huge ambitions he has for BlueNalu. We dive deep into the group’s culture, the profound environmental and health benefits of cell-based food, and how Lou plans to change the future of seafood.
Berkshire 2.0 - Steven Markel
Steven Markel is the chairman of Markel Corporation, a Richmond, Virginia-based holding company with extensive global insurance operations. After attending Wharton and a stint as a commercial banker, Steve joined Markel with his cousins as the third generation in 1975. The company was listed in 1986, with a market cap of $15 million and today, Markel is a Fortune 500 company with a $15 billion market cap. As the group evolves into new areas like insurance-linked securities, Steve firmly believes Markel’s brightest days are ahead.
Norway's Berkshire - Sverre Bjerkeli
Sverre Bjerkeli is co-founder and CEO of Protector Forsikring, an Oslo-based multinational insurance company. After a successful career managing Norway’s largest insurer, Sverre and his partner Jostein set out to build Protector in 2004. Since then, Protector stock, assuming reinvestment of dividends, has appreciated by a staggering 60x or a 27% annually. Sverre believes the group’s brightest days are ahead, as Protector continues to dominate the Nordics, expand in the U.K., and eventually conquer niche Continental European markets.
Flying High - Eymeric Segard
Today on Global Value Creators, we are delighted to welcome our friend Eymeric Segard, Co-Founder and CEO of LunaJets, one of the largest private jet operators in Europe. After forgoing a successful advertising career in favor of uncharted entrepreneurship in the skies, Eymeric dedicated his life to building a modern aviation platform, the first component of which is a NetJets-like service, but with more flexibility at a lower price. In an industry where many competitors have fallen, Eymeric and LunaJets continue to Fly High. We hope you enjoy.
Irish Builder - Stephen Garvey
Stephen Garvey is co-founder and CEO of Glenveagh Properties, one of the largest home builders in Ireland. Stephen started building in his early twenties, successfully scaling his dad’s contracting business, before launching Bridgedale Homes in 2003. In 2017, he partnered with global asset manager Oaktree, merging Bridgedale into Glenveagh. Now, Stephen is laser-focused on dominating the Irish housing market by disrupting the traditional business model, including building his own drone department.