Thursday 22 August 2019

Asos billionaire and wife bid final farewell at funeral of their three children killed in Sri Lanka attacks

CEO of clothing brand Bestseller, Anders Holch Povlsen, and his wife Anne attend the funeral service for their three children who were victims of a string of suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on April 21, at the Aarhus Cathedral in Aarhus, Denmark May 4, 2019. Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen/via REUTERS
CEO of clothing brand Bestseller, Anders Holch Povlsen, and his wife Anne attend the funeral service for their three children who were victims of a string of suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on April 21, at the Aarhus Cathedral in Aarhus, Denmark May 4, 2019. Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen/via REUTERS
People stand by caskets at the funeral service for the three children of CEO of clothing brand Bestseller, Anders Holch Povlsen, who were victims of a string of suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on April 21, at the Aarhus Cathedral in Aarhus, Denmark Mat 4, 2019. Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen/via REUTERS
Crown Princess Mary, princess Isabella, prince Vincent and princess Josephine attend the funeral service for the three children of CEO of clothing brand Bestseller, Anders Holch Povlsen, who were victims of a string of suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on April 21, at the Aarhus Cathedral in Aarhus, Denmark Mat 4, 2019. Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen/via REUTERS
Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen arrives for the funeral service for the three children of CEO of clothing brand Bestseller, Anders Holch Povlsen, who were victims of a string of suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on April 21, at the Aarhus Cathedral in Aarhus, Denmark Mat 4, 2019. Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen/via REUTERS
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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.

People stand by caskets at the funeral service for the three children of CEO of clothing brand Bestseller, Anders Holch Povlsen, who were victims of a string of suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on April 21, at the Aarhus Cathedral in Aarhus, Denmark Mat 4, 2019. Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen/via REUTERS
People stand by caskets at the funeral service for the three children of CEO of clothing brand Bestseller, Anders Holch Povlsen, who were victims of a string of suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on April 21, at the Aarhus Cathedral in Aarhus, Denmark Mat 4, 2019. Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen/via REUTERS

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.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen arrives for the funeral service for the three children of CEO of clothing brand Bestseller, Anders Holch Povlsen, who were victims of a string of suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on April 21, at the Aarhus Cathedral in Aarhus, Denmark Mat 4, 2019. Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen/via REUTERS
Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen arrives for the funeral service for the three children of CEO of clothing brand Bestseller, Anders Holch Povlsen, who were victims of a string of suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on April 21, at the Aarhus Cathedral in Aarhus, Denmark Mat 4, 2019. Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen/via REUTERS

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 Bestseller company owner Anders Holch Povlsen and his wife Anne in a file photo. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix/Jonas Olufson via REUTERS
The Bestseller company owner Anders Holch Povlsen and his wife Anne in a file photo. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix/Jonas Olufson via REUTERS

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.

Where the Easter Sunday explosions took place (PA Graphics)
Where the Easter Sunday explosions took place (PA Graphics)

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."

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