Published: Mon, April 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Asos billionaire's children killed in Sri Lanka attacks

Asos billionaire's children killed in Sri Lanka attacks

The Dane is one of the largest private landowners in the United Kingdom; he owns 221,000 acres, or over one percent of Scotland.

Three of the four children of Danish fashion retail and property tycoon Anders Holch Povlsen have died in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka that killed at least 290, a spokesman for Povlsen has confirmed.

The family was visiting the country over the Easter holiday.

"Unfortunately, we can confirm the reports", said a spokesman for Bestseller Fashion Group, which is 100 percent owned by the Povlsen family.

A few days ago, one of Povlsen's children, Alma, had uploaded an image of her three siblings, Astrid, Agnes and Alfred, lounging at a poolside. "We have no further comment and we ask that the family's privacy is respected at this time".

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Mr. Povlsen and his wife Anne have not said which of their three children died in the attack.

A Defence aircraft has been deployed to Colombo to offer crisis assistance to those in need and establish a temporary help desk in the Sri Lankan capital.

Business magazine Forbes estimates that Holch Povlsen's net worth is over 50 billion Danish kroner (€6.7 billion), making him the world's 252nd richest person.

Eight Brits were killed in the co-ordinated suicide bombings and 24 people have since been arrested.

Mr. Povlsen owns the worldwide clothing chain Bestseller and is also the biggest single shareholder in clothing giant Asos and is the UK's largest private landowner, according to the Times newspaper.

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