Antonia Johnson
Chairman, Axel Johnson AB

Antonia Johnson was born in New York City in 1942, but moved to Sweden when her father returned to manage the family business, the Axel Johnson Group, a diversified trading company founded by her great-grandfather in 1873.  She returned to the U.S. as an exchange student, where she studied at Radcliffe College.  Upon completion, she went back to Sweden and attended the University of Stockholm, obtaining a BA and an MA in Psychology and Economics.

In 1971 Ms. Johnson joined the Axel Johnson Group and went through a trainee program whereby she spent a few years in each of the major departments of the company.  When her father suffered a stroke at an early age, she took over as Chairman of the Board, although she felt she was not yet ready.

Now one of the richest women in Sweden, Ms. Johnson is supportive of several Swedish charities, including the World Childhood Foundation, which was founded in 1999 by the Swedish Queen, Her Majesty Queen Silvia.  The Foundation focuses on marginalized children, particularly girls.  She also supports the Stockholms Stadsmission Secondhand stores, which sell donated items to the homeless and other needy individuals.

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