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.
In August 2013, his ex-wife and Zara co-founder, Rosalia Mera, died at age 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.
Ortega is known for being fiercely private. In 2012, Bloomberg noted he had only granted interviews to three journalists.
He also dresses modestly. He wears a simple uniform of a blue blazer, white shirt and grey pants, none of which are Zara products.
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:
In his free time, Ortega enjoys horseback riding and owns an equestrian center in Finisterre, Galicia, Spain.
He also bought the tallest skyscraper in Spain, the Torre Picasso in Madrid. The building stands 515 feet high and cost $536 million.
He owns The Epic Residences & Hotel in Miami, FL, which is considered to be one of the best luxury hotels in the U.S.
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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