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Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, partner and shipowner of the world’s largest container shipping company, died on April 16, 2012 at the age of 98.

“On behalf of the entire family, I wish to express our deep sorrow at the loss of our father, grandfather and great grandfather, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller. My sisters and I have lost a father who never failed neither his family nor his business,” Ane Maersk McKinney Uggla, one of Moller’s three daughters, said in a press release.

“We are grateful that our father lived a long and eventful life. In his never failing wish to do good, together with many and great initiatives, he has left a significant mark on our time,” she added.

Moller was the son of Arnold Peter Moller, who founded the AP Moller-Maersk group in 1904.  He became joint owner of the company Firmaet A.P. Moller in 1940 and became the director and chairman of the most important companies in the A.P. Moller-Maersk group after his father’s death in 1965.

He was CEO of the group until 1993 when he stepped down from daily management to serve as its chairman until 2003.

“With the death of Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group has lost a businessman of international format and the man who, if any, can take credit for the Group being among the world’s leading and Denmark’s undisputed largest business with activities in a number of areas such as shipping, oil and retail,” read the company statement released by Michael Pram Rasmussen, chairman of A.P. Moller-Maersk.

“Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was famous for his business talent and his visions and he took and supported initiatives that brought prosperity and growth to countries all over the world—including Denmark,” it continued.

Before his death, Moller was chairman of the board of the A.P. Moller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Moller Foundation, the A.P. Moller Relief Foundation, and the Maersk Employee Foundation.

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