Top businesswoman ‘should lead Liberals’

Top businesswoman Antonia Ax:son Johnson, one of the most powerful women in the world, has been put forward as leader of Sweden's Liberal Party.

Ax:son Johnson is head of the Axel Johnson family investment business, and was named last year by American magazine Forbes as one of the world’s 100 most powerful women. With a fortune of 20 billion kronor, she is also the richest woman in Sweden.

Ax:son Johnson has been proposed as the next leader of the Liberal Party by Mia Franzén, a former Liberal MP. The businesswoman has worked for the Liberals at a local level near her home in Upplands Väsby, outside Stockholm, and was on the board of the national party in the nineties.

Franzén told Expressen she believed Ax:son Johnson to be “a woman who can both lead the party and listen to the opinions of members.”

But Ax:son Johnson herself, while saying it was “great fun” to be nominated for the post added she “isn’t really available” to do the job.

The vacancy at the top of the Liberal Party has been created by the resignation of Lars Leijonborg. School Minister Jan Björklund is favourite to succeed him.