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Founder of IKEA Ingvar Feodor Kamprad
Founder of IKEA Ingvar Feodor Kamprad
Olivier Truc

SWEDEN – Sagas are epic tales full of symbolic details, and the IKEA saga is no exception.

The story of the Swedish furniture giant, founded in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad, who is now 86 years old, definitely qualifies as a saga. It combines successes, setbacks and the carefully maintained mythology around the patriarch, who even though he is still active has taken a step back since he resigned as CEO in 1986. Today his role in the company is mostly advisory, but he still chairs the Kamprad family foundations.

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A man walks on a tank left behind by Russian troops, on display in Kyiv’s Mykhailivska Square.

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👋 Hej!*

Welcome to Tuesday, which marks three months since the war in Ukraine started. Meanwhile, BoJo is in trouble again, and millionaires at Davos ask to be taxed more. Persian-language, London-based media Kayhan explores what the future of Lebanon could look like after the election defeat of Iran-backed Hezbollah.

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