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Assar Gabrielsson

AKA Assar Thorvald Nathanael Gabrielsson

Born: 13-Aug-1891
Birthplace: Korsberga, Sweden
Died: 28-May-1962
Location of death: Gothenburg, Sweden
Cause of death: Cancer - unspecified
Remains: Buried, Kvastekulla Griftegård, Vastra Gotaland, Sweden

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business

Nationality: Sweden
Executive summary: Co-Founder of Volvo

In 1914 Sweden's only automaker went out of business, and ten years later ball-bearing salesman Assar Gabrielsson met with engineer Gustav Larson to discuss the possibility of establishing a new carmaking business in their country. The company was trademarked as Volvo, a Latin term meaning literally "I roll". After several years of design, budget pleadings, and tests with several experimental models, Volvo's first production vehicle rolled off the assembly line in 1927. According to company folklore, Volvo's famous obsession with safety began with Gabrielsson himself, who made it a primary concern after his wife's death in an auto accident.

Father: Gabriel Nathanael Gabrielsson (grocer)
Mother: Anna Helmina Larsson
Wife: Anna Teresia Andreasson (b. 19-Dec-1890, m. 1916)
Son: Lars
Daughter: Barbro
Son: Jan
Son: Bo

    University: BS Economics, Handelshögskolan (1911)

    Volvo Co-Founder & President (1924-56)
    Member of the Board of Volvo Chairman of the Board (1956-62)
    Swedish Ancestry


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