Group Room Fulcrum

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Unlike his other companies, Axel Wenner-Gren’s holding company was not named after himself. Fulcrum is Latin for a pivot point, and what a powerful pivot point it was. Fulcrum was the hub for all of Axel’s business endeavours and for a long period of time, he was the richest man in all of Sweden. Today, while the name Fulcrum no longer belongs to the mighty Wenner-Gren Group, it is used by an Italian bicycle tire manufacturer, a student newspaper in Ottawa, and a Russian fighter airplane.

 

It was after Axel Wenner-Gren passed away in 1961 that the truth about Fulcrum’s finances was  brought to light. To this day, it is uncertain how much Axel actually knew about the situation. Over the years, many have become quite disturbed by Axel’s remarkable inability to surround himself with good advisors and sane business contacts. Wherever he went, Axel attracted swindlers and charlatans: in Mexico, he was close friends with the president’s brother, who was notorious for accepting bribes; during his blacklisting, Axel allied himself with riffraff that only made things worse; and for trustee of his estate (a position needing utmost integrity), Axel had Birger Strid. Rumour has is that Axel became more and more confused with age, which gave Mr Strid and the board opportunity to move enormous sums of money as they pleased. Fulcrum, the formerly bright and powerful empire, was shaken to the core. As gossip spread without anyone to defend the truth, everything worth selling at Häringe was given a price tag. Even the golden faucets in Marguerite’s bathroom were put up for sale.

 

During the summer of 1975, Birger Strid was sentenced with two years in prison and 21 million Swedish kronor in damages. He declared his innocence and claimed to have done everything in his power to save the estate. In court, it was proved that Birger did act wrongfully, however, it should be mentioned that several people later said Birger had been caught in an impossible economic situation.

 

After he finished his prison sentence, Birger Strid once again showed up at Häringe Palace. He came to return a bronze bust belonging to his former employer.

Information
Size 19 sqm
Lenght/width 4.7 x 4 m
Ceiling 2.9 m
Group room 8 people
View Apple Orchard
Yoga mats 6
Technical Information
WiFi Fiberlina
Projektor Nej
Filmduk Nej
TV 42"
Whiteboard Yes
Flip chart Yes
Conference phone Yes
Black out curtains Yes
Pads & Pens Yes
Printer/Scanner At reception