Bernt Anker (22 November 1746 – 21 April 1805) was a Norwegian merchant, chamberlain and playwright.

Bernt Anker

Carl Fredric von Breda - Portrett av Bernt Anker - Oslo Museum - OB.11033.jpg
Painting of Bernt Anker, by Carl Frederik von Breda
Born(1746-11-22)22 November 1746
Christiania, Norway
Died21 April 1805(1805-04-21) (aged 58)
Copenhagen, Denmark
OccupationMerchant, chamberlain and playwright
(m. 1773; died 1801)
Parent(s)Christian Ancher
Paleet, Anker's home

He was born in Christiania, the son of Christian Ancher and a brother of Peder Anker and cousin of Carsten Anker. His business included trade in timber on a large scale, with a large income from supplying the fleet of England. He eventually became the wealthiest person in Norway. Among his properties were Frogner Manor and Moss Jernverk. His magnificent home Paléet near Bjørvika was used as a Royal residence after his death, until the completion of the Royal Palace in Christiania.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1782.[1] He was decorated Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog in 1803.[2][3]

A street in Oslo, Bernt Ankers gate [no], is named after him.[4] The street was named after Anker in 1852, but it was not completed until 1902.


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  2. ^ Storsveen, Odd Arvid. "Bernt Anker". In Helle, Knut (ed.). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
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  4. ^ Arstal, Aksel; Just, Carl, eds. (1966) [1938]. "Bernt Ankers gate". Oslo byleksikon (in Norwegian) (2 ed.). Oslo: Aschehoug.