Simon Spies

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Simon Spies
Born Simon Ove Christian Ogilvie Spies
(1921-09-01)September 1, 1921
Died April 16, 1984(1984-04-16) (aged 62)
Resting place Hørsholm Cemetery
Nationality Danish
Occupation Businessman
Known for Founder of Spies Rejser and Conair of Scandinavia
Spouse(s) Janni Brodersen
(m. 1983–1984; his death)

Simon Ove Christian Oglivie Spies (1 September 1921 – 16 April 1984) was a famous Danish tycoon, best known for starting the charter airline Spies Rejser, and its airway company Conair of Scandinavia. Spies Rejser is owned by MyTravel today.

Spies Rejser was opened in 1956 and would soon become a huge success along with the competitor Tjæreborg. In the beginning they arranged cheap bus/boattrips to Majorca, but later (in the early 1960s) Spies bought the bankrupt Danish charter operator Flying Enterprise and formed his own airline, Conair of Scandinavia.

Simon Spies was known for his provocative views and flamboyant lifestyle. He was famous for employing at his private residence so-called morgenbolledamer, or morning fuck ladies / morning bun ladies, using the pun that "bolle" means both "fuck" and "bun".

When going to the theatre he would usually buy three tickets, leaving one seat for his cane and one for his dog Archibald.

On 11 May 1983, he married Janni Brodersen, who inherited his companies when he died less than a year later. In 2013, a movie about his career was made.[1]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Moskvitin, Jurij (2001). Simon Spies. Historien om et venskab (in Danish). Lindhart og Ringhof. ISBN 87-595-1220-2. 

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