Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen has lost three of his four children in the deadly terror attack that took place in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
The children of the online fashion retailer ASOS were among the over 290 people killed in the coordinated bombings in three different cities on Easter Sunday, Britain’s PA news agency reported, citing his spokesman.
Jesper Stubkier, communications manager for Holch Povlsen’s wholesale fashion business Bestseller, confirmed the deaths.
“We have no further comment and we ask that the family’s privacy is respected at this time,” he was quoted as saying.
He is also thought to be the largest landowner in Scotland, where the fashion retail tycoon and his wife Anne own an estimated 200,000 acres of land in the Highlands.
Forbes estimates his net worth to be $US7.9 billion. Holch Povlsen has significant stakes in ASOS, online grocery store Nemlig and payments company Klarna.
At least 39 foreigners were killed in Sunday’s explosions during busy Easter services in the cities of Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo and in three five-star hotels in the Sri Lankan capital, hospital officials say.
The coordinated Easter Sunday bombings that ripped through Sri Lankan churches and luxury hotels, killing more than 200 people, were carried out by seven suicide bombers from a domestic militant group named National Thowfeek Jamaath, a government official said.
All of the bombers were Sri Lankan citizens, but authorities suspect foreign links, health minister Rajitha Senaratne said at a news conference.
Earlier, Ariyananda Welianga, a government forensic crime investigator, said an analysis of the attackers’ body parts made clear that they were suicide bombers. He said most of the attacks were carried out by a single bomber, with two at Colombo’s Shangri-La Hotel.
The bombings, Sri Lanka’s deadliest violence since a devastating civil war ended a decade ago on the island nation, killed at least 290 people with more than 500 wounded, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said.