Europe's richest man owns 59 percent of Inditex, the world's largest clothing
retailer and owner of the Zara chain. Through his closely held investment companies, Ortega also owns office and retail property in major cities throughout Europe and the U.S. Since 2001, he has earned 2.5 billion euros in dividends. He stepped down as Inditex chairman in 2011.
The world’s 300 wealthiest people lost a combined $44.4 billion yesterday as global stocks tumbled the most in a month and the ruble dropped to an all-time low amid Russia’s growing military presence in Ukraine.
Zara’s celebrity chic helps make its Spanish parent company, Inditex SA, the world’s biggest fashion retailer. Singer Taylor Swift, reality-television personality Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton, Prince William’s wife, have all been spotted wearing the stylish, low-cost brand.
Occidental Hotels & Resorts, the hotelier owned by billionaire Amancio Ortega and Spain’s second- largest bank, has attracted interest from companies including AMResorts and Playa Hotels & Resorts, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
Inside Inditex SA’s concrete-and- glass headquarters in the Spanish town of Arteixo, a lithe woman slips into a dress that a seamstress working amid buzzing sewing machines stitched together just minutes earlier. A half circle of designers -- looking like models themselves -- nod approval.
Bloomberg Markets’ inaugural list of the world’s richest people showcases the billionaires who pull the levers on the global economy. Their net worth totals $2.7 trillion, about the size of the gross domestic product of France, the fifth-biggest economy on the planet.
The world’s 200 wealthiest people added $59 billion to their collective wealth this week as Amancio Ortega, the 77-year-old founder of the Zara clothing chain, recaptured the title of world’s third-richest person from Berkshire Hathaway Inc. chairman Warren Buffett.
Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas SA, a Spanish building company, may sell its Picasso Tower in Madrid to Amancio Ortega, Inditex SA’s biggest shareholder, Expansion reported, without citing anyone.