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Ikea founder recovering after heart surgery

The Local/gm · 22 Oct 2011, 12:04

Published: 22 Oct 2011 12:04 GMT+02:00

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The multi-billionaire businessman is on the mend after the operation in a clinic in Lausanne, according to reports in Swedish daily Aftonbladet.

“I can confirm that Ingvar Kamprad is at a hospital in Lausanne, where he is now recovering after an operation”, Per Heggenes, Kamprad's spokesman and head of the Ikea Foundation in Holland, told the newspaper.

Heggenes added that it was a strictly routine operation and that the 85-year-old is not in any immediate danger.

“I have not talked to Ingvar Kamprad himself, but I have talked to other people who say that he is feeling well, he's in good spirits,” said Heggenes.

He could not say for sure when the businessman will be released from hospital, although he said it would probably be on Saturday.

On the latest Forbes Billionaires list, Kamprad dropped from No.11 to No.162, with his personal fortune apparently down from $17 billion to $6 billion.

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Kamprad, who sold Ikea to the foundation years ago, gets his fortune from his investment firm, Ikano, which is run by his three sons.

The news of his operation comes during what has been a difficult year for Kamprad, with allegations over his past links to Nazi organisations once again making headlines.

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Your comments about this article

12:48 October 22, 2011 by RobinHood
Come on TT. Mr Kamprad,s illness must in some way be connected with his ancient Nazi links. You only managed a single paragraph on that, more detail please.
12:55 October 22, 2011 by Opinionfool
Let's hope that the surgeon was not relying on IKEA assembly instruction sheets when he cut Kamprad open and stitched him closed.
12:56 October 22, 2011 by Addendum
I wonder if he opted for state or private care, since it's of equal quality of course. (That said, I have heard that Switzerland has better care than many other Euro nations.)
14:23 October 22, 2011 by Just_Kidding
I bet the milliner was willing to be treated by the Swedish health care system :)

the good news is that its costing nothing to the Swedish tax payer.... since he has moved his company out of Sweden, it is quite fair...
14:53 October 22, 2011 by lotus1234

open it on youtube.....
20:38 October 22, 2011 by skogsbo
just-kidding, of course his 10,000 swedish employees are taxed here though. How many other Swedish companies employ that many?

How much moms does he generate annually on all his sales?
00:17 October 23, 2011 by jvtx3232
Speedy recovery dude!

07:15 October 25, 2011 by philster61
He actually has a heart???
13:19 October 25, 2011 by salalah
It is harder for a rich guy to enter heaven, than it is for the camel to step through a needle's eye.
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