The day the ground opened beneath Sune Schackenfeldt's feet

Schackenfeldt had everything going for him. He had broken from his "social heritage", coming from a broken home, nobody had ambitions on his behalf to ever get an enviable job in the consulting business, a beautiful wife and two small kids. And then the diagnosis came. This is a long-read portrait of CEO Sune Schackenfeldt of Danish pension fund PBU.

Photo: Jan Bjarke Mindegaard

15-year old Sune Schackenfeldt – raised by a single navy-employed dad in the center of Copenhagen – wasn’t really going anywhere in particular. Not in life at least.

But on that day back in 1988, he did have a specific goal – he was picking up milk for his class mates at Nyboder Skole – a preschool in Copenhagen mainly for kids whose parents were engaged in the navy.

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