It is impossible to tell the story about the real estate company Akelius without mentioning its founder, the entrepreneur Roger Akelius. When the company bought its first property 1994, Roger's name was already well known. Hundreds of thousands of Swedes had read Rogers numerous best-selling books and learned about premium bonds, taxes and information technology.
Roger Akelius grew up in Stora Mellby between Trollhättan and Alingsås. Eleven years old, he got his first summer job at a dairy. With his two first salaries he bought a camera and a tent. With his third salary he bought his first property – a summer cottage.
1968 Roger became Sweden’s first lecturer at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. When Roger realized there were no books in programming, he began to write his own textbooks. No publisher believed in the idea so Roger started up his own publishing house and gave out twenty popular books.
1974 his next book was published. It was about premium bonds and made the name Akelius known by the masses. The book became a major bestseller.
1978 thousands of people queued outside the Swedish National Debt Office to buy premium bonds. The Debt Office was now able to borrow large amounts at a low cost compared to borrowing in foreign currencies. Akelius started up a new company and could earn money to provide loans to those who bought. Roger Akelius was hired by the Norwegian Ministry of Finance to structure a corresponding system.
Akelius Tax, published in 1982, explained in a simple and personal way what ordinary people can do to legally reduce their taxes.1985 Akelius was the first in the world to sell tax filing programs.
1994 Roger bought properties in Gothenburg, Helsingborg and Trollhättan. He lay the foundation for Akelius Residential Property AB, one on the largest private residential real estate companies in Europe. The company focuses on secure residential properties that have the ability to generate consistently increasing income. The residential buildings are therefore located in growing metropolitan areas such as Berlin, Stockholm, Toronto, London, Paris and New York.
Roger Akelius has donated 90 per cent of the company to Akelius Foundation whose purpose is charity.
The history of Akelius
1974 Roger's book about premium bonds in released.
1982 Akelius Skatt is founded.
1987 Swedes start to invest in Akelius Insurance in Cyprus.
1993 Akelius Skatt is sold to Nordstedts Juridik.
1994 Akelius acquires first properties in in Helsingborg, Gothenburg and Trollhättan.
2003 Akelius acquires the listed company Mandamus.
2004 Akelius becomes the largest private residential real estate company in Sweden with a market value of SEK 15 million.
2006 Akelius enters Germany.
2008 First session of Akelius University with focus hon high quality education within Residential Real Estate.
2010 Akelius Foundation donates SEK 100 million each to children's villages in India and Haiti.
2011 Akelius starts investing in London and Toronto.
2014 Akelius issues preference shares and becomes the largest listed real estate company in Sweden.
2014 Akelius enters Paris and Montreal.
2015 Standard and Poor's assigns Akelius investment grade rating.
2015 Akelius enters New York, Boston and Washington.
2016 Akelius enters Copenhagen.