Thursday, 19 January 2017 16:46

Love, death and rewilding – how two clothing tycoons saved Patagonia Featured

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She was young, spirited and rich. It was the 1970s and Kris McDivitt seemed to come straight from California central casting; the glamorous ski-racing daughter of an oil-industry man who made her fortune as the first CEO of what was to become the billion-dollar outdoor clothing company Patagonia.

And then in 1993, aged 43, Kris McDivitt unexpectedly fell in love with Doug Tompkins, the adventure-junkie rock-climber and deep green environmentalist who had co-founded not one but two giant outdoor-clothing companies, North Face and Esprit.

They married (she changed her surname) and the eco-power couple cashed in their shares and uprooted from California to live the wilderness dream in the real Patagonia where they went off-grid, flying between homes in the forests and mountains of Chile and Argentina.

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