Simon Ove Christian Ogilvie Spies
September 1, 1921
|Died||April 16, 1984 (aged 62)|
|Resting place||Hørsholm Cemetery|
|Known for||Founder of Spies Rejser and Conair of Scandinavia|
(m. 1983–1984; his death)
Simon Ove Christian Oglivie Spies (1 September 1921 – 16 April 1984) was a famous Danish tycoon, best known for founding the charter airline Spies Rejser, and its airway company Conair of Scandinavia. Spies Rejser is today owned by Thomas Cook Group.
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.
- Mogens Glistrup, friend of Spies and a controversial Danish politician, founder of the Progress Party
- Jurij Moskvitin, friend and author of a biography about Spies
- Moskvitin, Jurij (2001). Simon Spies. Historien om et venskab (in Danish). Lindhart og Ringhof. ISBN 87-595-1220-2.
- (in Danish) Spies Rejser official website
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