Bror von Blixen-Finecke
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Born to an aristocratic Swedish family, he became engaged to his Danish second-cousin Karen Blixen (also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen) and married her in 1914 upon her arrival in Kenya, where they had planned to buy a farm. Much to Karen's surprise, Bror had purchased a coffee plantation with her family's money instead.
Although the couple were divorced in 1925 (with Karen retaining the coffee plantation that had been financed by her parents), shortly before her death she was quoted as saying, "If I could wish anything back of my life, it would be to go on safari once again with Bror..."
For many years von Blixen-Finecke ran a firm of safari guides, and among his clients was Edward, Prince of Wales. "Hunting with Blix was a magnificent experience," said one client. "With his quiet, almost lyrical narrative of what happened around us he got nature to live like I have never experienced since (from The Man Whom Women Loved, a biography of von Blixen-Finecke written by his godson Ulf Aschan)." He was also a talented writer; his best-known book was his autobiography, African Hunter (1938).
In 1936, he remarried the explorer Eva Dickson, who died two years later. von Blixen-Finecke left Africa in 1938 and returned to his native Sweden, where he died, in 1946, at the age of 59, following the crash of a car in which he was a passenger, in the village of Gårdstånga.
According to Beryl Markham, "Bror was the toughest, most durable white hunter ever to snicker at the fanfare of safari or to shoot a charging buffalo between the eyes while debating whether his sundown drink would be gin or whiskey . . . . The mould has been broken."
Von Blixen-Finecke's identical twin, Hans, died in a plane crash in 1917.
- Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Adelslexikon I, vol. 53, Limburg (Lahn) 1972, pp. 432–433.