Fredrik Eklund (born April 26, 1977 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a New York City real estate broker, a Bravo TV reality star, a former IT entrepreneur in his native Sweden, and a non-fiction writer.[2]

Early life

Eklund is the brother of author Sigge Eklund and the son of Klas Eklund, who's a senior economist at Swedish bank SEB.[3] His paternal grandparents were Swedish-Danish-Irish-Russian actors Bengt Eklund and Fylgia Zadig.[4][5]

Fredrik had his first American experience as a foreign exchange student in Edina, Minnesota, where he attended Edina High School. After finishing high school, Eklund studied at the Stockholm School of Economics, but never graduated.[7] He has worked for the financial newspaper Finanstidningen. At the age of 23, Eklund founded an Internet company with over 45 employees, and went on to work for the investment bank SEB in Stockholm, London, Singapore and Tokyo before beginning his work in New York City.[8]

Real estate career

Eklund has closed over two billion dollars in residential real estate.[9] Eklund became Managing Director at the New York City real estate firm CORE Group Marketing and in 2010, alongside his business partner John Gomes, Managing Director at Prudential Douglas Elliman - the largest real estate brokerage on the East Coast. Eklund has additionally started the top-selling team at Elliman.[9]

Eklund is the founder of Eklund Stockholm New York , Scandinavia's most high-end residential real estate brokerage with 50 employees and $600 million in closed sales in 2013.[9]

In February 2008, he sold an flat to Cameron Diaz,[10] in August 2009 to John Legend[11] and in July 2010 to Daniel Craig. In 2014, he sold a mango farm to Patience Acheampong.[2]

He is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York.[8]

Million Dollar Listing New York

The New York Times featured Fredrik on the front page of The Sunday Style Section in November 2010, and announced he would be shooting a reality TV show for Bravo.[3] He is one of three New York City brokers starring in Bravo's Million Dollar Listing New York which is in its fourth season.[2]

Pornographic career

In 2004, before arriving in New York City, Eklund acted in a number of gay pornographic films under the pseudonym Tag Eriksson (or Tag Ericsson).[14] In an interview with Out Magazine, Eklund has said of this period, "It was only a week of my life, accumulated. It was spread out over a few months, so it was a quite short period of my life. It was something that I tried and decided that I was done with." Eklund went on to say in the interview that he's proud of who he is, that he doesn't regret anything, and that his past involvement in the pornographic film industry hasn't negatively affected his career.[14]

Personal life

On February 9, 2013, Eklund married artist Derek Kaplan on Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys.[2] The couple live in New York with their dogs Mouse and Fritzy.[2] Eklund and Kaplan attempted to have children through surrogacy, but the biological mom suffered a miscarriage.[2]