The amazing life of the mysterious retail guru who just became richer than Warren Buffett

Amancio Ortega

Zara’s mysterious founder, Amancio Ortega, is now the world’s second-richest man — surpassing even Warren Buffett.

But despite his impressive net worth, many people have never heard of him.

The 79-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 Intidex SA — which owns Zara, as well as Massimo Dutti and Pull&Bear — has over 6,600 outposts around the world.

Zara in of itself is changing retail forever.

According to Bloomberg, his net worth is a whopping $US71.5 billion as of June 2, 2015.

The only person left for him to beat in this financial sector? Bill Gates, who has a net worth of $US85.5 billion.

However, Bloomberg’s data notes that since last year, Gates’s net worth has decreased by $US1.1 billion, while Ortega’s has increased by an impressive $US10.4 billion.

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title=”In August 2013, his ex-wife and Zara co-founder, Rosalia Mera, died at age 69. She was Spain’s richest woman.”
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title=”Ortega and his wife live in a discreet apartment building in La Coruña, Spain, near a major port of the Atlantic Ocean.”
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title=”Kate Middleton is a huge fan of Zara’s designs and is often photographed in its clothing.”
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title=”Ortega is known for being fiercely private. In 2012, Bloomberg noted he had only granted interviews to three journalists.”
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title=”He also dresses modestly. He wears a simple uniform of a blue blazer, white shirt and grey pants, none of which are Zara products.”
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title=”He goes to the same coffee shop everyday and eats lunch with his employees in the company cafeteria. Here’s a picture of Zara’s headquarters:”
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title=”He also bought the tallest skyscraper in Spain, the Torre Picasso in Madrid. The building stands 515 feet high and cost $536 million.”
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title=”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 price tag of $45 million”
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