Asos billionaire and wife bid final farewell at funeral of their three children killed in Sri Lanka attacks
The billionaire behind online clothing retailer Asos and one of the UK’s largest private landowners bid farewell to three of his children at their funeral today.
Anders Holch Povlsen, 46, is Denmark’s wealthiest man and with his wife Anne holds more than 200,000 acres of the Scottish Highlands.
They set up the company Wildland in 2007 with the stated aim of restoring and conserving landscapes for future generations.
They lost three of their four children in the Sri Lanka terror attacks on Easter Sunday.
Today, they bid a final farewell to their three children Alfred, Alma and Agnes at a funeral service. It was attended by Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen and Denmark's Crown Princess Mary, princess Isabella, prince Vincent and princess Josephine.
Their daughter Astrid cut a bunch of balloons free from one of the coffins outside Aarhus Cathedral.
Jesper Stubkier, a spokesman for Mr Holch Povlsen’s wholesale fashion business Bestseller, told the Press Association in the hours after the attacks that the couple had lost three children.
Mr Holch Povlsen has a net worth of 7.9 billion US dollars (£6.1 billion), according to Forbes.
The businessman owns the international clothing chain Bestseller and is the biggest single shareholder in fashion retailer Asos.
He and his wife have acquired several Highland estates over the years, including Glenfeshie in the Cairngorms, Strathmore in Sutherland and Braeroy in Fort William.
On the Wildland website, Mr Holch Povlsen writes: "From our home at Glenfeshie, both Anne and myself – our children and our parents too – have long enjoyed a deep connection with this magnificent landscape."
He describes the couple’s responsibilities as landowners as a "labour of love", adding: "It is a project that we know cannot be realised in our lifetime, which will bear fruit not just for our own children but also for the generations of visitors who, like us, hold a deep affection the Scottish Highlands."