To lose one young child is unthinkable, but three? Such an incomprehensible tragedy hit Anders Holch Povlsen, Denmark’s richest billionaire, during the Sri Lanka terror attacks. Here’s what we know so far.
At least 290 people were killed in the wave of bombings across Sri Lanka on April 21, and nearly 40 of those killed were visitors from other countries. Tragically, the family of Anders Holch Povlsen, 46, the CEO and owner of international retail chain Bestseller, was among those caught in the carnage. “We can confirm that Anders lost three children in the attack,” Jesper Stubkier, Bestseller’s communication manager, told CNN. The spokesperson declined to comment further, citing the need “to respect the privacy of the family.” As the authorities continue to pursue those behind these reprehensible attacks, here’s what you need to know about Anders.
1. He is the father of four children. Anders, his wife, Anne, 40, and their family were on vacation in Sri Lanka when the attacks took place. It’s unclear which of Anders’s young children (whose names are reportedly Agnes Povlsen, Alma Povlsen, Astrid Povlsen and son, Alfred Povlsen) were killed in the attack. The names and ages of the victims were not made available at first, as the family is known to keep a low profile.
2. His family was staying at a five-star hotel when the attacks happened. Anders, who Forbes describes as “Denmark’s Richest Billionaire,” and his family was on vacation in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. They were staying at the Shangri La Hotel in the city of Colombo, which was among the targets in the widespread terror attacks. On April 18, Forbes