Swedish native and furnishing industry magnate. Since the age of five, Kamprad started selling old matches, pens, Christmas cards, fish and other items in the neighborhood. Founded furniture manufacturer IKEA, later on named the IKEA Group, at 17 with gift money from his father for school achievements, and in 1957, invented the "flat pack" and opened his first store a year later, gradually developed the IKEA Group into a global furniture retailer. Passed management and ownership rights "to secure eternal life for ...Contact us to see more Biography
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According to a statement by IKEA, Kamprad underwent "routine" heart surgery in Switzerland in 2011.Contact us to see more Interesting Facts
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Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Outdoors
Description: According to certain media sources, enjoys the alpine environment, and this is the reason he moved to Switzerland.
Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Outdoors - Canoeing/ Kayaking/ Rafting
Description: Reportedly likes rowing.
Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Horticulture
Description: Reportedly likes gardening and cultivating roses.
Giving Profile: Generous philanthropist gives primarily to refugee, child rights, immunization, environment and wildlife, education and medical research causes. Lifetime giving exceeds $300 million. Recipients include the United Nations Children's Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Health Organization as well as universities and research centers. Reportedly also donated to Jewish organizations as an atonement for his early Nazi sympathies.Contact us to see more Philanthropy
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