The billionaire owner of Asos has spoken of his “immense sadness” for the first time after three of his children died in the Sri Lanka terror attacks.
On April 21 Anders Holch Povlsen along with his wife and business partner Anne were two of the many people who lost loved ones in the bombing of Shangri-La Hotel in capital Colombo.
The couple lost Alma, Agnes and Alfred in the attack, leaving Astrid as the surviving child.
The Danish fashion magnate has a fortune of £6.1bn and is Scotland’s biggest private landowner.
Speaking for the first time since the tragedy the Polvsens said thank you to the Highland public for “touching our hearts” through a full page advert in today’s edition of The Press and Journal.
They wrote: “We extend our heartfelt gratitude for the condolences, sympathy and many warming thoughts we have received following the tragic loss of our three beloved and beautiful children.
“The Scottish Highlands has granted us abiding, special memories for our family.
“It is for this reason that the many words of comfort have fortified us and touched our hearts.
“Our thoughts and condolences go to the many other innocent families who also lost their loved ones in the tragedy in Sri Lanka.
“In the immense sadness, we are genuinely grateful that we remain united with our daughter Astrid.
“The loving memory of our three children, their wonderful spirit and souls will always be in our hearts.
“With love and deepest appreciation, Anne and Anders Holch Povlsen.”
Tributes poured in following the deaths of the heirs to Denmark’s biggest personal fortune.
Scottish flags flew at halfmast on Highland estates belonging to the retail tycoon and his wife, including at their preferred home at Glenfeshie Cairngorms.
Strathspey councillor Bill Lobban said: “It has been a horror story for this hugely popular family.
“The pain and sorrow being endured by the Povlsen family is unimaginable to most of us.
“However the people of the Highlands feel their pain and hope that the passing of time will lessen the heartache they are feeling.”
Povlsen is the owner of international clothing chain Bestseller and the biggest shareholder in fashion retailer Asos.
Over the years he has bought around a dozen Highland estates covering more than 200,000 acres of land.
Since starting company Wildland in 2007, the couple have worked to reintroduce wild animals including wolves and lynx to the Highlands.