Danish Fashion Tycoon Loses Three Children in Sri Lanka Terror Attack

Anders Holch Povlsen
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The wealthiest man in Denmark is suffering a loss greater than any amount of money can remedy. Anders Holch Povlsen, 46, lost three of his four children in the Islamic terror attack in Sri Lanka.

Povlsen has a net worth of $5.7 billion, according to Bloomberg.

“He and his wife Anne hold an estimated 200,000 acres of the Scottish Highlands, and had planned to rewild the landscape to preserve it for future generations, according to a Guardian report from earlier this year,” Bloomberg reported.

Jesper Stukier, communications manager for Povlsen’s wholesale fashion business Bestseller, confirmed to the Associated Press that three of his children had been killed in the attack that killed almost 300 people in churches and hotels and left hundreds wounded.

“We have no further comment and we ask that the family’s privacy is respected at this time,” Stukier said.

“He declined to comment on the identity of the children or whether other members of the family had been visiting Sri Lanka,” Bloomberg reported.

The Los Angeles Times reported that an estimated 27 of those killed at the Shangri-La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand hotels were foreign nationals.

“Among the victims were ‘several U.S. citizens,’ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, said in a statement,” the Times reported.

“The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter morning,” Pompeo said. “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.”

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