Kidnappers demand €9m in cryptocurrency for Norwegian billionaire's wife

Kidnappers demand €9m in cryptocurrency for Norwegian billionaire's wife

The wife of a Norwegian multi-millionaire businessman has been missing for months after being abducted, police have now confirmed.

"There has been demand for ransom, and serious threats have been made in this case", Police Inspector Tommy Broeske told a news conference.

The missing woman's husband, Tom Hagen, also 68, is Norway's 172nd richest man, according to the magazine Kapital, with an estimated fortune of 1.7bn kroner (£156m). It is the country's first kidnap for crypto ransom.

The police are now asking the public for any information regarding the search for Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen.

Authorities said the suspected kidnappers left a note in the couple's house, near the capital Oslo, detailing the fatal consequences if he refused to pay the demanded money in the form of the cryptocurrencies.

Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, who is married to one of Norway's richest men, has been missing since October 31st.

Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, who is married to businessman Tom Hagen, disappeared on October 31 past year from her home in Lorenskog.

Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang, quoting unnamed sources, reported that a demand for ransom corresponding to 9 million euros (US $10 million) had been made, payable in the Monero cryptocurrency.

Those behind the abduction "have chosen to communicate digitally and we have had no other type of contact", Broeske said.

The kidnappers are demanding $10 million dollars in exchange for Haden's release, which they want paid in the cryptocurrency monero.

Police had no indication whether Falkevik Hagen was dead or alive. Police have received no signs whether Falkevik Hagen was still alive, "but we haven't either received any sign that she is not alive", he added.

Norwegian police confirmed that "a woman in her late 60s is believed to have been kidnapped from her home in Lorenskog", around 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Oslo, but did not disclose her identity.

Mr Hagen's lawyers have told news outlets he will not comment on the story at this time.

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