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OH LIFE: 3 of 4 children of Denmark’s richest man bombed to death in Sri Lanka Updated for 2021


Updated: February 26, 2021

On Saturday evening, Denmark’s richest man Anders Holch Povlsen and his wife had four children. By Sunday morning, bomb attacks in Sri Lanka at three churches and three hotels killed three of them.

A spokesman for Povlsen’s fashion firm said on Monday that the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka killed the billionaire’s kids but declined to give more details. 

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Billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen is Scotland’s biggest individual private landowner

Local media said the family had been on holidays in Sri Lanka when the bombs began going off shortly before church service on Sunday.

Mr Povlsen, 46, and his wife Anne Storm Pedersen, 40(Image: Ritzau/Press Association Images)

Close to 300 people were killed while at least 500 others were injured. 

Reuters said “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”.

He owns more than 1 percent of all the land in Scotland, according to Forbes.

In a statement, the United States condemned “in the strongest terms the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter morning”.

“Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we hold dear, and demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security,” said U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo said “the United States offers our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wishes a quick recovery to all who were injured. While many details of the attacks are still emerging, we can confirm that several U.S. citizens were among those killed. The U.S. Embassy is working tirelessly to provide all possible assistance to the American citizens affected by the attacks and their families.

“These vile attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States remains resolved in our fight to defeat terrorism. We stand with the Sri Lankan government and people as they confront violent extremism and have offered our assistance as they work to bring the perpetrators to justice”.


Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com


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