Preben Munthe

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Born15 October 1922
Died3 January 2013 (Age 90)
Alma materUniversity of Oslo, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration
Member ofTrilateral Commission
Conservative Norwegian Bilderberger and Trilateral Commission Member. Consultant for the Nobel Peace Prize Committee.

Employment.png Norsk Hydro/Chair

In office
1974 - 1977

Preben Hempel Munthe was a conservative Norwegian economist. Munthe was a consultant for the Norwegian Nobel Committee from 1959 to 1983. He was chairman of Norsk Hydro from 1974 to 1977, Freia from 1978 to 1990, the book publisher Aschehoug Forlag from 1979 to 1992 and Fritt Ord from 1981 to 2000.[1]

Early Career

Munthe lived most of his time in Oslo, with the exception of 13 years in Bergen, when he worked at the Norwegian School of Management (NHH). He graduated in art in 1941, studied social economics in Oslo and Stockholm and became a cand.oecon. at the University of Oslo (UiO) in 1946. The following year he was appointed a college fellow in economics at NHH, where he advanced to a lecturer in 1956. He had studys stay in the USA 1947–48 and 1960 and in the United Kingdom 1955–56. Munthe received his doctorate in economics from NHH in 1961. The same year he was appointed Professor of Distribution Economics at UiO, a position he held until he retired in 1992.


From 1961, a new chapter in Munthe's active life began. It was mainly related to four areas: research and lectures in the new subject area distribution economics, preparation of the modern social economics in five large volumes suitable as textbooks for economics students, large and demanding public assignments, which began with chairmanship of the State Airport Committee 1962 and national mediator in 1965–74, and board positions and other assignments in the private business sector.

Munthe managed to organize his abilities, energy and time for efforts in economic research and public administration and for a number of board positions in private business and cultural activities. He was chairman of the Banking Crisis Committee in 1992, chairman of Norsk Hydro 1974–77, A/S Freia 1978–90 and Aschehoug publishing house 1979–92, and he was a member of the boards of Bergen Bank, IBM and Nora Industrier for a number of years.

Deep State Connections

He attended the Bilderberg meeting in 1967.

He was a member of the Trilateral Commission, with unknown starting date. Munthe was a prominent consultant for the Nobel Peace Prize Committee from 1959–83; Trilateral Commission boss Henry Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973).

He was chairman of the board of the Fritt Ord foundation 1981–2000.


Munthe, a conservative economist, was a proponent of deregulation, open markets and the futility of union organizing[2]. In a criticism of the Attac movement in 2001, he wrote (in an overbearing tone): "The protests against the world's economic integration are loud in some places. Protesters at the meetings of the International Trade Organization and the Monetary Fund were strong in both words and deed. This is a typical protest movement, where you are more concerned with what you are against than what you are for. An exception is the French Attac movement, which will impose a tax on all foreign exchange trading, a tax named after the proposer. "[3]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/196731 March 19672 April 1967St John's College (Cambridge)
Possibly the only Bilderberg meeting held in a university college rather than a hotel (St. John's College, Cambridge)