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Bombing in Sri Lanka kills Highland land owner’s children


By Val Sweeney


THE Danish billionaire owner of Aldourie Castle overlooking Loch Ness has lost three of his four children in the Sri Lanka bombing attacks.

Anders Holch Povlsen, Scotland’s biggest landowner, owns various Highland estates through his company Wildland.

He and his wife, Anne, who describe it as a landscape-scale conservation project on their website, say they have a deep and enduring affection for the region.

Anders Holch Povlsen.
Anders Holch Povlsen.

Mr Holch Povlsen owns the international clothing chain Bestseller and is also the biggest single shareholder in clothing giant Asos.

The family was visiting Sri Lanka over the Easter holiday when a wave of suicide bombings on churches and luxury hotels killed 290 people.

Another 500 people were injured.

The Sri Lankan government has blamed a previously unknown local jihadist group but said it had help from an international network.

The names of Mr Holch Povlsen’s children have not been made public.



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