Meeting with someone at Proventus, an investment company, proves
to be an exercise in futility. Headquarters is on the seventh
floor of an eight-story building adjacent to Sweden's biggest
department store in the central shopping district. First I have
to be cleared by the lobby personnel; then, upon stepping off
the elevator I have to be cleared by the security guard/receptionist
to get into the reception area. Lots of white walls and lots
of modern art on the walls. It's a high-rent building with investment
bankers Warburg Dillon Read being another tenant. On the second
visit I talk face to face with "Inga", secretary to
CEO Mikael Kamras, and she says someone might be available to
meet with me next week. Proventus, which means "harvest"
in Latin, has its hands in about 10 companies. Revenues totaled
more than 16 billion kroners (over $2 billion). Robert Weil owns
all the shares in Proventus.