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Denmark’s richest man, head of online giant ASOS, lost three children in the Sri Lanka terror attacks

Denmark’s richest man, head of online giant ASOS, lost three children in the Sri Lanka terror attacks
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The news was confirmed Monday by the Bestseller clothing chain, of which Holch Povlsen is the sole owner and CEO. Holch Povlsen is Britain’s second-largest and Scotland’s-largest private landowner and also the biggest shareholder in fashion retailer ASOS.com.

In confirming the tragic news, a spokesperson for Bestseller would not confirm any further details, including which of the children were killed, or in which attack they perished, CBS reported . 

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet said the 46-year-old Holch Povlsen and his wife, Anne Holch Povlsen, were vacationing in Sri Lanka with their children.

“We have no further comment and we ask that the family’s privacy is respected at this time,” Jesper Stubkier told the U.K.’s Press Association, according to CBS.

U.K. outlet the Guardian, citing Forbes, reports that Holch Povlsen has a net worth of $7.9B USD. He recently made headlines in the U.K. after deciding to “rewild” much of the huge area in the Scottish highlands that he owns with his wife, in order to preserve it for future generations.

In this Aug. 21, 2017 file photo, Bestseller CEO Anders Holch Povlsen speaks during an event in Aarhus, Denmark. Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix via AP

The family says on its website : “It is a project that we know cannot be realised in our lifetime, which will bear fruit not just for our own children but also for the generations of visitors who, like us, hold a deep affection the Scottish Highlands.

“It’s a significant and lifelong commitment that we have made – not just for ourselves but for the Scottish people and Scottish nature too – a commitment which we believe in deeply. As the first initiatives take shape, it is already something that we treasure, that continues to inspire us and which we are eager to share.”

The Danish foreign ministry confirmed that three Danish citizens were killed in the Sri Lankan attacks, which claimed over 200 lives.

SriLanka’s minister of tourism says a total of 39 foreign tourists were killed in the attacks on churches and hotels, while another 28 were wounded.

John Amaratunga says his ministry is working closely with the ministry of foreign affairs and local diplomatic missions to “ensure formalities with regard to the victims are sorted out as quickly as possible.”

In Monday’s statement he added, “The government has already offered assistance to all victims, the damaged places of worship as well as the hotels affected by Sunday’s attacks.”

He said SriLanka’s tourism industry and the government was doing everything possible to ensure the safety of those in the country.

SriLanka’s president has given the military sweeping war-time powers to arrest and detain suspects. President Maithripala Sirisena’s office announced late Monday that the measure would take effect at midnight. In addition, a government curfew was to begin at 8 p.m.

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