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Åke Bonnier

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Church  Church of Sweden
Children  2
Role  Clergy
Consecration  August 26, 2012
Ordination  June 1984
Nationality  Swede
Name  Ake Bonnier
Predecessor  Erik Aurelius
Diocese  Diocese of Skara

Born  December 11, 1957 (age 58) Stockholm, Sweden (1957-12-11)
Spouse  Kristina Gustafsson (since 1981)
Previous post  Dean of Stockholm Cathedral (2006-2012)
Parents  Karl Otto Bonnier, Lisen Josephson
Similar People  Jeanette Bonnier, Eva Brunne, Antje Jackelen, Nathan Soderblom, Gustav I of Sweden

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Åke Gabriel Bonnier (born 11 December 1957) is bishop in the Diocese of Skara of Church of Sweden since September 2012. He is, through inheritance, the second biggest owner of the Bonnier group.


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Early life

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Bonnier was born and grew up in Stockholm where his father, Gerard Bonnier, belonged to the wealthy Bonnier family. His father was Jewish and his mother was a member of the Church of Sweden, while his maternal grandmother converted to Catholicism. He was baptised as child, but did not have a religious upbringing. His interest in Christianity started in his youth: he cites a book by Stockholm's bishop Ingmar Ström as an inspiration which led him choose to be confirmed in the Church of Sweden.


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After having been involved in and leader of the Church's youth organisation Kyrkans unge and volunteering a year in Church of Sweden, he started studying theology and was ordained priest in Storkyrkan in 1984.

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He subsequently held various pastoral positions in the Church of Sweden; from 1986 to 2006 in the Congregation of Lidingö. He served as dean of Stockholm from 2006 to 2009.

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Bonnier was one of the officiants at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling in 2009 and at the baptism of Princess Estelle.

He was ordained bishop by Archbishop Anders Wejryd in Uppsala Cathedral in August 2012. Crown Princess Victoria attended the ceremony.

Views and theological profile

Bonnier has been a member of the Focolare Movement since 1988. He has attended Stockholm Pride and believes the LGBT movement should have a place in the church.

He became member of the leadership for the yearly march Jesusmanifestationen (English: The Jesus manifestation) in 2008, but left the leadership in 2009 citing concern about his participation among Evangelical Christians who had criticized him for defending the art exhibition Uppenbar(a)—which showed controversial art with Christian motives—and for being liberal on LGBT issues.

Having moved from Stockholm to Skara as a result of being appointed bishop, Bonnier criticized Swedish authorities in 2013 for discriminating against people outside large cities by providing insufficient public services and infrastructure in these areas and offering fewer jobs in the public sector there.

Personal life

Åke Bonnier is married to a social worker and has two grown daughters. He is the second biggest owner of the Bonnier Group. He was listed by Veckans Affärer as the 64th richest man in Sweden in 2012 with a fortune of 2.1 billion Swedish kronor (USD$345 million as of January 2014). His siblings Eva, Pontus, and Karl-Otto Bonnier, have top positions in the Bonnier group.


  • Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great (2008)
  • References

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