The businessman, newspaper publisher and patron of the arts Amos Anderson (1878–1961) grew up in modest circumstances on Kimito Island. He became a respected and successful businessman and undoubtedly one of Finland’s most significant patrons of the arts of all time. Above all, he was interested in visual arts, theatre and music, as well as the Middle Ages, Catholicism, and older church architecture.
Amos Anderson founded the arts association Konstsamfundet in 1940, and upon his death he bequeathed his fortune to the association. He died at age 82 at his beloved summer residence in Söderlångvik.