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Wife of Norwegian millionaire kidnapped

This undated handout provided by the Norwegian police shows wife of Norwegian multi-millionaire Tom Hagen Anne Elisabeth Falkevik.- The wife of a Norwegian multi-millionaire missing for 10 weeks is believed to have been kidnapped Kidnappers in Norway demand $10M Monero ransom for millionaire's wife
Kenny Thornton | 10 January, 2019, 00:39

The wife of a Norwegian multi-millionaire missing for ten weeks is believed to have been kidnapped after a ransom was demanded today.

The wife of a wealthy Norwegian businessman has been kidnapped, and those responsible are reportedly asking for the 9million Euro (10 million USD) ransom to be paid in privacy coin Monero (XMR).

'As the case now stands, police have advised the family not to settle the claim.

Norway's financial magazine Kapital named him 172nd on its list of the country's wealthiest people.

The newspaper reported that the note said Falkevik Hagen would be killed if police were involved.

Police have revealed that Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, married to billionaire property investor Tom Hagen, has not been seen since 31 October.

Police wouldn't divulge the size of the demand.

According to the local newspaper, VG, Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, wife of one of Norway's richest men, Tom Hagen, went missing over ten weeks ago, since October 31, 2018.

The house of Norwegian multi-millionaire Tom Hagen is cordonned off in Fjellhamar East of Oslo
The house of Norwegian multi-millionaire Tom Hagen is cordonned off in Fjellhamar east of Oslo

Sources have now indicated that a written message was found in the Hagen house, which demanded a $10 million ransom be paid entirely with the privacy-focused cryptocurrency Monero.

The police made a decision to go public with the case after ten weeks because they wanted more information pertaining the case.

Tommy Broeske, a Police Inspector said that, at present, their goal is to find the missing woman "alive and reunite her with the family".

Mr Broeske said "those behind have chosen to communicate digitally and we have had no other type of contact".

The ransom demands €9 million payable in privacy coin Monero, which would account for 1% of the coin's total market cap. "It is demanding and exhausting to be in such a situation over a long period of time", he said.

The paper reported that it appeared the 68-year-old had been abducted from her bathroom of her home in Lorenskog and that there had been "limited dialogue" with her captors over the internet.

On Wednesday morning, as Aftenposten published its report, police put a cordon around the couple's home.

Europol and Interpol have been connected, Norwegian police said at a press conference today.

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