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Flat-pack pioneer Kamprad built Sweden's IKEA into global brand: Obituary

The founder of world's largest furniture company IKEA Ingvar Kampard, multi-billionaire recluse dies at 91

Reuters  |  Stockholm 

Swede Ingvar Kamprad, the billionaire founder of the IKEA retail empire whose cheap, functional furniture is a feature of homes around the world, has died at the age of 91. As much of a national symbol as pop group ABBA and tennis ace Bjorn Borg, IKEA helped to cement the image of Swedes as practical, egalitarian and unsnobbish. Born on March 30, 1926, in southern Sweden, Kamprad started by selling matches to neighbours at the age of five and soon expanded his range to include seeds, Christmas tree decorations, pencils and ball-point pens. He founded IKEA in 1943 when he was just ...

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First Published: Sun, January 28 2018. 18:46 IST