Thor Bj?rgolfsson co-founded the brewing company Bravo International in Russia in the 1990s and served as Chairman of the Board. In 2002, he and his partners sold the company to Heineken International. Bj?rgolfsson became the major shareholder and for over a decade the Chairman of the Board of generic pharmaceutical company Actavis, which grew to become one of the largest in its field globally. He also co-founded the holding company Samson, which held controlling stakes in two Icelandic banks. In 2004, Bj?rgolfsson founded and is currently Chairman of Novator Partners, an investment firm based in London focusing on telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, IT and renewable energy. Among companies in Novator's portfolio are the Polish cellular network Play, the Icelandic video game developer and publisher CCP Games, and the Icelandic-based data centre Verne Global. Bj?rgolfsson graduated from New York University's Stern School of Business with a degree in Finance and now serves on the school's Executive Board.