Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen‘s four children were killed on Easter Sunday during a series of bombings in Sri Lanka, a spokesperson has confirmed.

Jesper Stubkier, communications manager for Povlsen’s company Bestseller, told The Guardian “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.”

Danish media reports the family was holidaying in Sri Lanka over the Easter weekend.

A Instagram post from Alma, one of Povlsen and wife Anne Storm‘s children, shows family members relaxing by a pool in the days before the blasts.

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It is unclear which of the children are among the 290 people killed during the terrorist attacks.

Povlsen is perhaps best known as the leading shareholder in online fashion juggernaut ASOS. He owns more than a quarter of all shares in the business, which are estimated to be worth around AUD 1.5 billion.

His total net worth is estimated to sit at nearly AUD $11 billion.

Povlsen is also thought to be Scotland’s largest private landowner, and purchased much of it with the intention of ‘re-wilding’ the natural environment.

In a statement posted on the website for their conservation enterprise Wildland, the couple wrote about their desire to preserve the natural habitat for future generations.

“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,” the couple wrote.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed yesterday that two Australians died in the attacks.

A further two Australians were reportedly injured.

24 people have been arrested in relation to the attacks.

Despite local authorities deeming the blasts as terrorism targeted against Christians, no extremist group has yet claimed responsibility.

Investigations are ongoing.

Source: The Guardian
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