Per is about to simultaneously break his own personal trading record and double the fortune of the Oil Fund, to a staggering 10,000 billion. Instead he accidentally types in a couple zeros too many during a lunch with his father and ends up buying 80 billion in Disney shares. Suddenly it becomes an international incident and is all over the news: “Is Norway taking over Disney?” The officially appointed Ethics Committee sends Katrine to rectify the outrageous mistake, and she and Per go head to head for the first time. Oil Fund CEO, Bjørg, is so intimidated by Katrine, that she hires her in a full-time position within the Fund. Bjørg will get more than she bargained for: not only is Katrine super smart; she actually cares about the planet.
Firing any employee in Norway – especially a government employee, and especially a government employee over a certain age - is next to impossible. Per implements a cunning plan to achieve the ‘impossible’. Fortunately, this coincides with a meeting for a group of investors coming to Norway. They are hoping to buy, sell and deal, cartel-style. The meeting is to be secret, reported nowhere. Katrine is convinced Per can’t get rid of the employee and Per is determined to keep her out of the big meeting - and his big plan. To gain access, she goes “undercover” as a translator, quickly discovering that Per’s plan all along was to trick a visiting middle-eastern billionaire into hiring the employee. An elaborate plan just to fire someone - welcome to Norway’s social democracy.
WAR AND PEACE
Per could only wish it was business as usual. With Katrine’s watchful eye fixed firmly on him, his dealings with a notorious Russian oligarch come under close scrutiny. The negotiations falter and Katrine experience the taste of victory. However, it is short-lived. The deal is too important to let fall apart, so Per follows the oligarch to Russia. And of course: Katrine is right behind! She convinces the Russian to agree to an alternative contract, but he passes out before signing it after drinking too much vodka. Encouraged by Per’s willingness to cross the line professionally, Katrine decides to forge the oligarch’s signature. Pragmatism prevails and Per wins big in a poker game on his way back to the hotel. Only now he has to explain the new gold Rolex to the CEO.