Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has at least twice tried to buy the famed Blue Lagoon.
DV reports that their sources say Abramovich first became enamored with the Blue Lagoon after visiting Iceland in 2006, at the behest of President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. Since then, Abramovich has visited Iceland a few times, and the Blue Lagoon is reportedly especially a favorite of his.
On two separate occasions, Abramovich is said to have tried to buy up stock in the Blue Lagoon. At one point, he even sent a group of lawyers to Iceland to meet with Blue Lagoon representatives. However, the deal would ultimately not come to fruition, for reasons unknown to the sources.
Grímur Sæmundsen, the director of the Blue Lagoon, told DV that he could neither confirm nor deny that Abramovich has been amongst the many foreign investors interested in buying the Blue Lagoon, in whole or in part. As it stands now, the Blue Lagoon is owned and operated solely by Icelanders.
Roman Abramovich is one of the world’s 50 wealthiest people, and is also the owner of the Chelsea football club. No word on what other parts of Iceland he may have tried to purchase.