Christopher O'Neill

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Christopher O'Neill
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Christopher O'Neill on his wedding day, 8 June 2013
Born Christopher Paul O'Neill
(1974-06-27) 27 June 1974 (age 43)
London, England
Nationality American
British
Alma mater Boston University
Columbia Business School
Spouse(s) Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland (m. 2013)
Children Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland
Prince Nicolas, Duke of Ångermanland
Parent(s) Paul Cesario O'Neill
Eva Maria Walter

Christopher Paul O'Neill (born 27 June 1974) is an American-British financier and the husband of Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, a daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Early life[edit]

O'Neill was born in London to Paul O'Neill (d. 2004), an American investment banker who came to London in the 1960s to set up the European head office of Oppenheimer & Co.[1][2] His mother is Eva Maria O'Neill (née Walter), whose stepfather is a cousin of Cardinal Michael von Faulhaber.[3][4] O'Neill has two half-sisters on his mother's side: Tatjana d'Abo and Countess Natascha von Abensberg-Traun, and three on his father's side: Stefanie, Annalisa and Karen. He grew up in London, St. Gallen, Austria and Germany, and holds dual American and British citizenship.[1]

Education and career[edit]

O'Neill was educated at Eaton House and Westminster Under School in London,[5] Institut auf dem Rosenberg in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and graduated with a BA degree in International Relations from Boston University. He also obtained an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York City. He was a Partner and Head of Research at Noster Capital and former employee of NM Rothschild and Sons and Steinberg Asset Management.[1] His marriage to a Swedish princess necessitated that, if he continued with Noster Capital, the fund would have to divest entirely from companies that traded on the Stockholm Stock Exchange and, moreover, divest from any company which had more than a third of its sales in Sweden.[6] O'Neill resigned from Noster Capital in consequence of these demands.[7]

Marriage and family[edit]

The first time Princess Madeleine and O'Neill appeared publicly together was in January 2011.[2] Their engagement was announced in an official interview on 25 October 2012,[8] and in late April 2013 it was announced that their wedding would take place on 8 June 2013 at the Royal Chapel, Stockholm Palace, and be followed by dinner at the Swedish Royal Family's residence, Drottningholm Palace.[9]

Unlike his brother-in-law Prince Daniel and his sister-in-law Princess Sofia, O'Neill is untitled and undertakes no royal duties, since members of the Swedish Royal Family must hold Swedish citizenship, which O'Neill has declined. The Royal Court refers to him in Swedish as Herr Christopher O'Neill, a form of title which is not normally used (it would normally be herr).[10] Thus, remaining a private citizen, he can continue his career in finance.[11]

Their daughter, Princess Leonore, was born in New York on 20 February 2014. Their second child, Prince Nicolas, was born in Stockholm on 15 June 2015. In February 2015, the Swedish Royal Court announced that the family had moved to Stockholm from New York.[12] In May 2015, the Swedish Royal Court announced that O'Neill had moved to London in April. In Autumn 2015, several months after the birth of Prince Nicolas, the entire family moved to London, where O'Neill's business is located.[13] On 27 August 2017, it was announced that O'Neill and Princess Madeleine were expecting their third child, due in March 2018.[14]

Honours[edit]

His father-in-law, King Carl XVI Gustaf, conferred upon O'Neill:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mr Christopher O'Neill's biography". Royal Court of Sweden. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Hellekant, Johan (25 October 2012). "Vem är Chris O´Neill?". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Naslund, Anne-Sophie (8 June 2014). "har-har-du-din-slakt-prinsessan-leonore". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 29 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Lapidus, Arne (12 May 2013). "Så hamnade Maddes svärmor i finrummen". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Chris O´Neill er veldig anonym" (in Norwegian). NRK. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  6. ^ Michaels, Ashley (26 October 2017). The Princess and the Banker: The Love Story of Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill. ASIN B076WXGWC4. 
  7. ^ "Chris O'Neill har lämnat sitt jobb (Chris O'Neill has left his job)". SVD. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  8. ^ "Engagement between Princess Madeleine and Mr Christopher O'Neill". Royal Court of Sweden. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "The wedding weekend, 7-8 June 2013" (Press release). Royal Court of Sweden. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  10. ^ Special courtesy according to Magdalena Ribbing
  11. ^ "Mr Christopher O'Neill's title" (Press release). Royal Court of Sweden. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Princess Madeleine registers as a Swedish resident" (Press release). Royal Court of Sweden. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Princess Madeleine of Sweden's London move confirmed". Hello!. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  14. ^ Juris, Yvonne (27 August 2017). "Princess Madeleine of Sweden Is Pregnant: 'We Look Forward to Four Becoming Five!". People. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  15. ^ "The Order of the Polar Star". Royal Court of Sweden. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "Ruby Jubilee in Sweden" (in Spanish). 
  17. ^ "70th anniversary of king Carl Gustav of Sweden in Stockholm Sweden on... Fotografía de noticias 115116367 | Getty Images". Daily Mail. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2016.