The founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad, has died, aged 91
Kamprad died quietly in his sleep at his home in Sweden, the company announced.
Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of the global furniture company IKEA, has died at the age of 91.
The founder of IKEA and one of the greatest entrepreneurs of the 20th century, Ingvar Kamprad, has passed away at the age of 91. pic.twitter.com/DxyALH1LQ9
— IKEA Today (@IKEAtoday) January 28, 2018
In a statement, IKEA confirmed that Kamprad died quietly in his sleep at his home in Småland in southern Sweden. The statement added that Kamprad will be greatly missed by his family and warmly remembered by IKEA employees worldwide.
Ingvar Kamprad har i stillhet somnat in i sitt hem i Småland. Han föddes 1926 i Småland och redan som 17-åring grundade han IKEA. Ingvar kommer att vara mycket saknad och varmt ihågkommen av sin familj och av IKEA-medarbetare över hela världen. pic.twitter.com/RWTGtukeyI
— IKEA Sverige (@IKEASverige) January 28, 2018
Born in 1926, Kamprad founded IKEA (an acronym of his initials, IK, Elmtaryd, the farm where he grew up and Agunnaryd, his hometown) at the age of 17 and watched it go on to become the largest furniture retailer in the world.
IKEA currently has hundreds of stores in numerous countries around the world, including two in Ireland.
Regularly cited as one of the richest people in the world, Kamprad had been working as an advisor at IKEA since 1988, when he stepped down from a managerial role in the company.