Ingvar Kamprad, the enigmatic founder of Swedish furniture giant Ikea, died aged 91 on Sunday, the company said.
Kamprad “passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones” at his home in the southern Swedish region of Småland on Saturday “following a brief illness”, Ikea said in a statement.
Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven was among the first to pay tribute to a man whose company, with its blue and yellow colour scheme, the idiosyncratic Swedish names for its products and the Swedish delicacies in its canteens, was for many people around the world synonymous with Sweden.
“I have received the sad news about Ingvar Kamprad’s passing. My thoughts today are first and foremost with his family and friends. Ingvar Kamprad was a unique entrepreneur who meant a lot for Swedish business and who made interior decorating accessible for the many, not just the few,” Löfven said in a written statement to news agency TT.
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
King Carl Gustaf also played tribute to Kamprad and the role he played in promoting Sweden.
“Ingvar Kamprad was a true entrepreneur who through his life work with Ikea helped bring Sweden to the world,” the king said in a statement.
“He was a down to earth person with a high degree of engagement. The queen and I had the privilege last summer to work with…