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Amancio Ortega, Surpasses Bill Gates to Become The Richest Man in the World

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Amancio Ortega, Surpasses Bill Gates to Become The Richest Man in the World

Zara’s founder, Amancio Ortega, just surpassed Bill Gates to become the richest man in the world.

This article appeared in Independent, by Ashley Lutz, Business Insider

Zara’s mysterious founder, Amancio Ortega, just surpassed Bill Gates to become the richest man in the world.

Shares of the Spanish retailer’s parent company, Inditex, rose 2.5%. That boosted Ortega’s fortune to $79.5 billion, according to Forbes.

Bill Gates’ net worth is $78.5 billion.

Despite Ortega’s impressive net worth, many people have never heard of him.

The 80-year-old Spaniard fiercely guards his privacy and gives few interviews to the press.

Ortega founded fast-fashion giant Zara with his then-wife Rosalia in 1975. Today, his retail company Inditex SA — which owns Zara, Massimo Dutti, and Pull&Bear — has over 6,600 outposts around the world.

Amancio Ortega is the richest man in the world, with a net worth estimated at $79.5 billion.

Amancio Ortega richest man

This is his second wife, Flora. The couple has been married since 2001.

Amancio Ortega richest man and wife

In August 2013, his ex-wife and Zara cofounder, Rosalia Mera, died at 69. She was Spain’s richest woman.

This is his daughter, Marta. The socialite is married to top Spanish equestrian Sergio Álvarez Moya.Ortega and his wife live in a discreet apartment building in La Coruña, Spain, near a major port of the Atlantic Ocean.

Richest man Amancio ortega daughter

Kate Middleton is a huge fan of Zara’s designs and is often photographed in its clothing.

Kate Middleton clothing zara

Ortega is known for being private. In 2012, Bloomberg noted that he had only granted interviews to three journalists.

He also dresses modestly. He usually wears a simple uniform of a blue blazer, white shirt, and gray pants — none of which are Zara products.

He goes to the same coffee shop every day and eats lunch with his employees in the company cafeteria

In his free time, Ortega enjoys horseback riding and owns an equestrian center in Finisterre in Galicia, Spain.

He also bought the tallest skyscraper in Spain, the Torre Picasso in Madrid. The building stands 515 feet and cost $536 million.

Amancio Ortega properties

He owns The Epic Residences and Hotel in Miami, considered to be one of the best luxury hotels in the US.

Amancio Ortega Epic Hotel in the US, Florida

Ortega drives an Audi A8 luxury sedan that is said to be more about comfort than luxury.

He also owns The Global Express BD-700, a private jet designed by Bombardier, one of the leading manufacturers of luxury private jets. The plane carries a price tag of $45 million.

Amancio Ortega private Jet

But he rarely jets off on vacation. He says he loves working too much to take time off.

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