The A.P. Moller Foundation as an owner

The A.P. Moller Foundation was created to ensure a family-controlled ownership structure of the business activities “in the spirit of A.P. Møller”; the deed of the Foundation spells out the purpose of A.P. Moller Holding.

As the investment arm of the A.P. Moller Foundation, the purpose of A.P. Moller Holding is to exercise the Foundation’s role as an engaged owner in the spirit of A.P. Møller, and to ensure that the Foundation can continue to contribute to society in the form of donations for generations to come.


When A.P. Møller established the Foundation in 1953, he did so by mutual understanding with his three children, thus ensuring agreement on how ownership control would transition over generations.

Although comprising activities in diverse sectors, the Group’s main business consisted of two jointly operated shipping companies and the Odense Steel Shipyard. It was crucial for A.P. Møller that those activities would continue to be managed in accordance with his business principles.


The phrase “in the spirit of A.P. Møller” is derived from the deed of the Foundation, where A.P. Møller explains his business principles in three short statements, saying that the companies:


A.P. Moller Holding was established in 2013 and represents the next step in safeguarding the long-term viability of the A.P. Moller Group companies over generations.

Learn more about the A.P. Moller Foundation via the link (only available in Danish)

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How to find us

Postal address

A.P. Møller Holding A/S
Esplanaden 50
1263 Copenhagen K

Visiting address

A.P. Møller Holding A/S
Esplanaden 19
1263 Copenhagen K



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