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IKEA Founder Ingvar Kamprad Has Passed Away

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Ingvar Kamprad, the Swedish entrepreneur who founded and built the IKEA furniture empire, died over the weekend. The company released a statement on Sunday confirming his death at his home in Småland, Sweden, following a short illness. He was 91 years old.

Kamprad started IKEA at the age of 17. The company began as a mail-order business for home goods that over the decades grew into an empire with over 400 stores in 42 markets. Though Kamprad hadn’t been at the helm of the company since 1988, he continued to assert his influence from afar. Judging by a few profiles of him that have emerged in the wake of his passing, he sounds like quite the character. Naturally, publications took to Twitter to remember Kamprad and his legacy:

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Tags: ikea, furniture, memory, in memoriam