Denmark’s richest man Anders Holch Povlsen and his wife lost three of their four children in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, a spokesman for Povlsen’s fashion firm said on Monday. According to Forbes, Povlsen has a net worth of $7.9 billion.
The spokesman declined to give any further details but Danish media said the family had been on holiday in Sri Lanka. In an email to BBC, the spokesperson said:
“Unfortunately, we can confirm the reports. We ask you to respect the privacy of the family and we therefore have no further comments.”
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.
The spokesperson did not say which of Povlsen’s children were killed or whether they were visiting Sri Lanka with other members of the family. Povlesen was reportedly visiting the country with his wife and children on vacation.
The Povlesens own more than 1 percent of all the land in Scotland, according to Forbes, which is more than 200,000 acres in the Scottish Highlands, making them the second biggest land owners in Scotland after Britain’s royal family.
A string of bombings at churches and luxury hotels across Sri Lanka killed 290 people and wounded about 500 in Sunday’s attacks. A senior investigator said on Monday that seven suicide bombers had taken part in the attacks. At least nine bombs were detonated in three churches and at least three hotels in the country.
Police have arrested 24 people, but no-one has claimed responsibility.
The vast majority of those killed are thought to be Sri Lankan nationals, including many Christians who died at Easter services.