Carl Kempe

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohan Carl•Kempe
Used nameCarl•Kempe
Born8 December 1884 in Stockholm, Stockholm (SWE)
Died8 July 1967 in Ekolsund, Enköping, Uppsala (SWE)
AffiliationsKLTK, Stockholm (SWE)
NOC Sweden
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Carl Kempe competed at the 1912 Olympics in tennis, winning a silver medal in indoor doubles with Gunnar Setterwall. He was much better known for his business career. Kempe studied at Uppsala University from 1903-05 and after graduation went to work for Mo och Domsjö, a pulp and paper producer which was led by his father as CEO. Carl Kempe took over as CEO of Mo och Domsjö from 1947-65, which later sponsored the ice hockey and sports clubs known as MoDo. His family name is remembered by the club with MoDo’s Kempe Embankment and Kempehallen.

Kempe invested heavily in research and development to make the company a modern industrial giant in Sweden. It later merged with Holmen Bruk AB in 1988 and in 2000 was re-named Holmen AB. Carl Kempe bought Ekolsund Castle in 1917 and decorated it with antiques and artifacts from around the world, and his collection of Chinese artifacts gained worldwide reputation. He died at his castle in July 1967.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Tennis SWE Carl Kempe
Singles, Men (Olympic) DNS
Doubles, Mixed (Olympic) Margareta Cederschiöld DNS
Doubles, Covered Courts, Mixed (Olympic) Margareta Cederschiöld 4
Doubles, Men (Olympic) Gunnar Setterwall DNS
Singles, Covered Courts, Men (Olympic) =9
Doubles, Covered Courts, Men (Olympic) Gunnar Setterwall 2 Silver