This name change is a weird inclusion in the Identifying Imaginative Identities series, since the el is replaced by a colon.

Axel Johnson (1844–1910)

As the son of the industrialist, Carl Johan Johnson, Axel would found his own company called A. Johnson & Co. It focused primarily on importing coal and exporting iron. Johnson was also unique in his time for stock trading, which was not a feature of Swedish businessmen at the time.

Eventually, he would become one of the wealthiest men in Sweden, engaging in trade in South America.

House Of Ax:son Johnson

It is unknown how this name change occurred. It may have been possible that Axel Johnson and his family may have been English, Scottish, or non-Swedish in general and simply Swedized their name.

The fourth-generation member of the family, Antonio Ax:son Johnson, was worth $8.8 billion.


  • “Antonia Ax:son Johnson & family.” Forbes.
  • “Ax:son Johnson family.” Wikipedia.
  • History.” Nordstjernan.

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