Tuesday 15 October 2019

Asos billionaire loses three of his four children in Sri Lanka Easter attacks

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
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The billionaire behind online clothing retailer Asos and one of the UK’s largest private landowners lost three of his four children in the Sri Lanka terror attacks.

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.

Jesper Stubkier, a spokesman for Mr Holch Povlsen’s wholesale fashion business Bestseller, told the Press Association the couple lost three children in the Easter Sunday attacks.

He declined to comment on the identity of the children and it was not clear in which of the series of blasts they lost their lives.

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.

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.”

Terror: People near a church that was attacked leave their houses as the military try to defuse a suspected van bomb. Photo: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Terror: People near a church that was attacked leave their houses as the military try to defuse a suspected van bomb. Photo: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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