The billionaire fashion tycoon, owner of ASOS ,Anders Holch Povlsen has lost three of his four children in the Sri Lanka terror attacks on Easter Sunday.
Povlsen is the owner of fashion firm Bestseller, which includes brands like Vero Moda and Jack & Jones, and is the majority stakeholder in online retailer Asos while also holding a big stake in Zalando.
Anders Holch Povlsen (46) is Denmark’s wealthiest man and is believed to be the largest landowner in Scotland after buying a string of historic estates.Anders is the second largest private landowner in the UK and is the biggest shareholder in the online retailer.
Just days before the devastating attacks, one of Povlsen’s children, Alma, shared a holiday snap of her siblings Astrid, Agnes and Alfred, next to a pool in Sri Lanka.
Jesper Stubkier, communications manager for Mr Holch Povlsen’s wholesale fashion business Bestseller, said the couple had lost three children in the Easter Sunday attacks.The spokesman confirmed three of Povlsen’s children were among the dead after they visited Sri Lanka over the Easter holidays.
More than 500 people were injured in the bombings, Sri Lanka’s deadliest violence since a devastating civil war ended a decade ago on the island nation, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said Monday.
Manisha Gunasekera, the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, has said eight British nationals were killed in the attacks. In total 39 foreigners have been confirmed dead including two joint UK-US nationals and a number of Dutch, Turkish, Australian and Portuguese people.
Police will examine reports that the intelligence community failed to detect or warn of possible suicide attacks as part of their investigation.
Ariyananda Welianga, a government forensic crime investigator, said an analysis of the attackers’ body parts made it clear they were suicide bombers.He said most of the attacks were done by a single bomber, with two at Colombo’s Shangri-La Hotel.