Danish billionaire loses three children in Sri Lanka attacks

Tuesday, 23 Apr, 2019

Three of the four children of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen died in the Sri Lanka bombing attacks, a spokesman has confirmed to the BBC.

Anders Holch Povlsen's children were visiting Sri Lanka over the Easter holiday. According to the New York Times, he is also the largest landowner in Scotland.

However, spokesman Jesper Stubkier gave no details to the Associated Press in an emailed response to a query on the matter and said the company had no further comment.

Earlier, Sri Lanka's foreign ministry said in a statement that five British citizens, including two with dual US-UK nationalities, had been killed.

Povlsen now runs fashion company Bestseller as CEO, which includes the brands Vero Moda and Jack & Jones. He also owns 10% of German online retailer Zalando.

Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen has confirmed that three of his four young children died in the atrocity. A senior investigator said on Monday that seven suicide bombers had taken part in the attacks.

The Guardian reported in March that Povlsen and wife Anne Storm Pedersen bought a string of historic estates in Scotland and now own an estimated 200,000 acres, which they plan to re-wild to its original state.

The vast majority of the victims were Sri Lankan, many of them Christians who were worshiping at churches in three different cities when bomb blasts at around 8:45 a.m. splintered pews and collapsed ceilings. Some 500 people have been reported injured and, according to media reports, some 24 people have been arrested.

Authorities say they believe 36 foreign nationals are among the dead, with most still unidentified at a Colombo mortuary. "It appears as if the entirety of Sri Lanka has been targeted as well as the unity and coexistence that Sri Lankans have attempted so hard to safeguard over the years".