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Spanish business tycoon
In this Spanish name, the first or paternal surname is Ortega and the second or maternal family name is Gaona

Amancio Ortega
Born (1936-03-28) 28 March 1936 (age 86)

Busdongo de Arbas, Spain
Occupation Businessman
Known for Co-founder of Inditex Group
Richest person in Spain
Board member of
  • Inditex (CEO)
  • Daez (COO)
Spouses
Rosalía Mera

(m 1966; div 1986)

Flora Pérez Marcote

(m 2001)

Children 3, including Sandra Ortega Mera
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Amancio Ortega Gaona (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 28 March 1936) is a Spanish billionaire businessman He is the founder and former chairman of Inditex fashion group, best known for its chain of Zara and Bershka clothing and accessories shops As of October 2022, Ortega had a net worth of $45 billion, making him the third-wealthiest person in Europe after Bernard Arnault and Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, and the 25th-wealthiest in the world For a brief period of time in 2015, he was the richest man in the world, surpassing Bill Gates when his net worth peaked to $80 billion as Zara’s parent company, Inditex’s, stock peaked

He is the head of the Ortega family and the second wealthiest retailer in the world

Early life and education

The youngest of four children, Ortega was born in Busdongo de Arbas, León, Spain, to Antonio Ortega Rodríguez and Josefa Gaona Hernández from the province of Valladolid, and spent his childhood in Tolosa, Gipuzkoa

He left school and moved to A Coruña at the age of 14, due to the job of his father, a railway worker Shortly after, he found a job as a shop hand for a local shirtmaker called Gala, which still sits on the same corner in downtown A Coruña, and learned to make clothes by hand

Career

In 1963, he founded Confecciones Goa to sell quilted bathrobes

In 1975, he opened his first Zara store with his wife Rosalía Mera

In 2009, Zara was part of the Inditex group (Industrias de Diseño Textil Sociedad Anónima), of which Ortega owned 5929%, and aside from over 6,000 stores included the brands Zara, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, Zara Home, Kiddy’s Class, Tempe, Stradivarius, Pull and Bear, Bershka and has more than 92,000 employees

His public appearance in 2000, as part of the warm-up prior to his company’s initial public offering on the stock market in 2001, made headlines in the Spanish financial press However, he has only ever granted interviews to three journalists

In 2011, Ortega announced his imminent retirement from Inditex, parent company of the Zara chain, stating that he would ask Inditex vice-president and CEO Pablo Isla to take his place as head In 2012 Ortega donated about €20 million to Caritas Internationalis, a Roman Catholic relief organisation

He purchased the Torre Picasso skyscraper in Madrid He also purchased the Epic Residences and Hotel in Miami, Florida

In July 2017, for its second edition of the AEF awards, the Spanish Association of Foundations awarded Amancio Ortega in the 2017 Philanthropic Initiative category He also donated 300 million euros to fight cancer across Spain, which were invested in the purchase of 440 machines to detect the disease As a result of this, the number of Spanish public hospitals equipped with stereotactic radiotherapy machines has risen from 20 to 70 However, these decisions were not unanimously welcomed and were criticized by some political parties like Podemos Recently, news indicate that he has bought the Troy Block complex, known to the public as one of the buildings where Amazon Seattle has its headquarters

It was revealed in July 2020 that Ortega’s property holdings, through his investment company Pontegadea, were worth $172 billion Ortega is the executive chairman of Pontegadea, and real estate assets in his portfolio include Manhattan’s Haughwout Building and Southeast Financial Center In 2019, the company completed a $725 million deal for a downtown Chicago hotel, which followed purchases of a building in Washington’s central business district and two Seattle office buildings

Ortega was reported to have lost $10 billion as a result of the coronavirus pandemic

Personal life

Ortega is very private about his personal life, and as of 2012 he has only given three interviews to journalists Ortega is very reclusive and keeps a very low profile Until 1999, no photograph of Ortega had ever been published

He likes to dress simply, refuses to wear a tie, and typically prefers to wear a simple uniform of a blue blazer, white shirt, and gray trousers, none of which are Zara products

He married Rosalía Mera Goyenechea in 1966, they had two children, Marcos and Sandra Ortega Mera, the couple divorced in 1986 Mera died in August 2013 at the age of 69 He married his second wife Flora Pérez Marcote in 2001, with whom he had a daughter, Marta Ortega Pérez, in 1984 As of 2017, despite owning a huge real estate portfolio he mostly lives with his wife in his apartment in A Coruña, Spain

He is mostly spotted being driven around in a black Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W221) and a black Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (X166) He owns two yachts “Drizzle” and “Valoria B” as well as Gulfstream G650 and Bombardier Global Express private jets

See also

  • List of billionaires
  • List of Spanish billionaires by net worth

Bibliography

  • Blanco, Xabier; Salgado, Jesús (2004) Amancio Ortega, de cero a Zara: El primer libro de investigación sobre el imperio Inditex Esfera de los Libros p 271 ISBN 978-8-497-34167-7

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