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A look at Swedish royal fiancé Chris O'Neill

A look at Swedish royal fiancé Chris O'Neill

Published: 25 Oct 2012 16:09 GMT+02:00
Updated: 25 Oct 2012 16:09 GMT+02:00

Christopher O’Neill met his princess in the bustling Big Apple in 2010 and first came to the attention of Swedish press when a tourist snapped a photo of the couple at a Central Park restaurant in January 2011.

In New York, O’Neill is a Partner and the Head of Research at Noster Capital - an investment firm with offices in London and New York City.

A citizen of both the US and the UK, he was born in London on June, 27th, 1974, to Eva Maria and Paul O’Neill and has five half-sisters: Tatjana, Natascha, Stephanie, Annalisa and Karen.

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A fan of skiing, tennis and golf, as well as music, literature and the Chelsea Football Club, O’Neill is now working on learning Swedish and becoming a part of the royal family in Stockholm.

“I have come to know the Swedish royal family well. I have been very well received and felt welcome from the very first moment. They are all friendly and we have a truly pleasant time when we’re all together,” he said in an interview published on the Royal Court website.

Meanwhile, Princess Madeleine has only positive things to say about his family too.

“I appreciate Chris’s family very much. They have always been kind to me and welcomed me with open arms. Chris has a wonderful family,” she said.

O'Neill's father Paul moved to London from New York in the 1960s to help establish the European headquarters for New York investment bank Oppenheimer & Co. He died in 1994.

His Austrian-born mother Eva Maria is reportedly close with Britain's Prince Charles.

According to the Royal Court, she is involved in numerous charitable organizations and has a particular interest in the cultural preservation of Salzburg, Austria.

Princess Madeleine's husband-to-be grew up in Switzerland and attended the Institut auf dem Rosenbergboarding school in Saint Gallen before heading to Boston University, where he received a bachelor's degree in international relations.

O’Neill's studies continued at the Columbia Business School in New York, where he picked up a Master’s in Business Administration.

His ensuing career in finance has included stints at firms such as NM Rothschild & Sons and Steinberg Asset management.

For now, the couple are planning to continue living in New York due to their work, but are looking into the possibility of moving to Sweden in the future.

"Sweden is a fantastic country,” O’Neill told the Royal Court.

“It is so beautiful and the people are friendly. I’ve visited Stockholm and Öland the most, and I’m hoping for the possibility to visit Sweden a little more often now.”

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Your comments about this article

17:05 October 26, 2012 by jturbo
St Gallen? Wow, he is Eurotrash. Then again, Princess Madeleine has that tendency as well.
21:05 October 26, 2012 by matona1
welcome to SFI
21:33 October 26, 2012 by salalah
Matona: LOL

At least he will not have to apply for welare...

Sweden Democrats: Welcome Chris, you are just the kind of immigrant we want to see in Sweden; plenty of cash and the right accent
10:10 October 28, 2012 by fxrider
Shall we start preparing to sponsor the second royal wedding?
09:52 October 29, 2012 by Marc the Texan
Well he can't be all bad . It says he's a fan of music. It says so, right in the article.
14:35 October 29, 2012 by ITkiwi
Does he remind anybody else of Tim Nice But Dim?
20:40 October 30, 2012 by Flygger
I know his friend Charlie. What a bloody nice chap !!
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