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Mr. Møller

Q Is it correct that Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller walked up the stairs to his office on the 6th floor of number 50, Esplanaden, the headquarters of the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group?

A Yes, it is correct. As late as in 2012, at the age of 98 years, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller often walked up the stairs to the 6th floor.

Q Did Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller
serve in the armed forces?


Yes, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller did his compulsary military
service in the then 1st Regiment from April to September 1934.

Q When did Mærsk Mc-Kinney
Møller become a partner
in A.P. Moller - Maersk?


On 24 May 1940, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was made partner in Firmaet A.P. Møller (which was and is the managing owner/legal representative of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S).

Q Has Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller worked only in the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group.

A No. Between 1930 and 1938, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller worked in Danish and international shipping and bank companies in Copenhagen, Hamburg, Glasgow, London and Paris.

Q When did Mærsk Mc-Kinney
Møller become the CEO of the
A.P. Moller - Maersk Group?

A Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller became senior partner and chairman of the shipping companies, the shipyard, other companies and the foundations after his father, A.P. Møller’s death on 12 June 1965.
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller resigned as CEO in 1993 and retired his chairmanship in most companies in 2003.

Q When did Mærsk Mc-Kinney
Møller retire as CEO?

A After 28 years at helm of the Group, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller stepped down from daily management in 1993.
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller remained Chairman of the Foundations, Shipping Companies and Odense Steel Shipyard.

Q When did Mærsk Mc-Kinney
Møller receive the
Order of the Elephant?

A Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II bestowed Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller with the Order of the Elephant on 15 December 2000.
Since 1900, three other civilian Danes have been appointed Knight of the Elephant: the linguist Vilhelm Thomsen in 1912, the founder of the East Asiatic Company H.N. Andersen in 1919 and the physicist Niels Bohr in 1947.

Q When did Mærsk Mc-Kinney
Møller leave the board of
directors in
A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S?

A In 2003, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller retired as chairman for and member of the Board of Directors of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S.
Mr. Michael Pram Rasmussen was chosen as the new chairman of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S.

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The Family

Q When did Emma and
Mærsk Mc-Kinney
Møller marry?


On 22 May 1940, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was married to Emma Marie Neergaard Rasmussen at Taarbæk church, north of Copenhagen.

Q Where were Mærsk
Mc-Kinney Møller's
parents born and

A Chastine Estelle Roberta Mc-Kinney was born in 1881 in Roaring Springs, Kentucky, USA. Arnold Peter Møller was born in Dragør, Denmark, in 1876, but was raised in Svendborg, where the family moved in 1884. The couple was married in Mayview, Missouri, USA, in 1910.

Q How many sisters and
brothers did Mærsk
Mc-Kinney Møller have?

A A.P. Møller (1876-1965) and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller (1881-1948) had four children: Sally Anne Mc-Kinney Møller (1912-1989), Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, Hans Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller (1915-1934) and Jane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller (1926-2002).

Q What is the background
for the Maersk name?


Captain Peter Mærsk Møller, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller's grandfather, was born on Rømø (an island in the North Sea, in the south western part of Denmark) and his family descended from West Schlesvig (today's South Jutland, Denmark). The original spelling was "Mersch", which is German/Frisian for marsh (old Danish spelling of marsh is "mærsk", which is written as maersk in English).

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