Meet The Secretive Spanish Billionaire Whose Net Worth Rose The Most In 2012

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Amancio Ortega gained more wealth than anyone else this year, making $22.2 billion. The notoriously private 76-year-old co-founded Zara with his then-wife Rosalia in 1975. The retailer , which has 1,500 stores in 70 countries, is dominating Europe and expanding in Asia. 

Ortega rarely gives interviews to the press. His net worth is estimated at $57.5 billion. 

Despite Ortega’s private nature, some details about his life have emerged. He wears the same thing to work everyday and dines in the company cafeteria. 

But Ortega does occasionally enjoy his vast fortune and indulge in luxuries. 

Amancio Ortega is the richest man in Europe, with a net worth estimated at $57.5 billion.

Source: Bloomberg

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

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And his daughter, Marta. The 28-year-old socialite married top Spanish equestrian Sergio Álvarez Moya earlier this year and wore a gown by Narciso Rodríguez.


Ortega and his wife live in a discreet apartment building in La Coruña, Spain, near a major port of the Atlantic Ocean.

Source: Forbes

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


Ortega is known for being fiercely private. He has only granted interviews to three journalists ever.

Source: Bloomberg

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

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

Source: Elite Choice

He owns The Epic Residences & Hotel in Miami, FL, which is considered to be one of the best luxury hotels in the U.S.

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

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


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