ASOS billionaire loses three children in Sri Lanka attacks

Povlsen (46) is Denmark’s wealthiest man and allegedly the largest landowner in Scotland

Shoes of victims are kept as evidence as security personnel inspect the interior of St Sebastian’s Church, a day after the church was hit in series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty  Images

Shoes of victims are kept as evidence as security personnel inspect the interior of St Sebastian’s Church, a day after the church was hit in series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

 

The billionaire fashion tycoon behind online clothing retailer Asos lost three of his four children in the Sri Lanka terror attacks, a spokesman has said.

Anders Holch Povlsen (46) is Denmark’s wealthiest man and is believed to be the largest landowner in Scotland after buying a string of historic estates.

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.

Jesper Stubkier, communications manager for Mr Holch Povlsen’s wholesale fashion business Bestseller, said the couple had lost three children in the Easter Sunday attacks.

He said on Monday: “I can confirm that three children have been killed.

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

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

It is also unknown in which of the series of blasts they lost their lives.

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.

According to Forbes, Mr Holch Povlsen has a net worth of €7 billion.