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Primary Company:
Industria de Diseno Textil (Inditex)
Estimated Net Worth:
At least $74.1 billion
Source of Wealth:
28 March 1936
Busdongo, Castilla y Leon, Spain
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Spanish native and fashion industry pioneer; Ortega's father, a railway worker, moved the family to the Iberian textile capital, A Coruna, where Ortega left school at the age of fourteen to begin working as a delivery boy for a local shirt maker. He later became a draper's and tailor's assistant. In the late 1960s, while managing a local clothing shop, he started designing dressing gowns, housecoats and lingerie from home. In 1963, opened his first factory, and two years later, in 1965, ...

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Company legend has it that Ortega's first project was to remake a popular but expensive dressing gown. He reportedly cut the pattern himself, then, with the help of his brother and sister, began producing the dressing gown at his sister's kitchen table. His first customer was a former employer at a shirt-maker's shop.

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Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Business - Entrepreneurship
Description: Founded Zara, a retail chain, in 1975, and its holding company, Inditex, in 1985.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Animals - Horses
Description: Reportedly loves horses; owns an equestrian center, 'Casas Novas', in Larin, La Coruna, Spain.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Art
Description: Reportedly owns an extensive collection of modern art, including various works by Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla, known for his portraits, landscapes and works dealing with social and historical themes.

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Giving Profile: Founder and President of the Amancio Ortega Foundation, a personal initiative of Ortega whose lines of action are mainly intended towards the fields of education and social aid. The foundation's principles are solidarity, understanding, commitment, hard work, genuineness and loyalty. Every year, along with the Barrie Foundation, Ortega's foundation sponsors 75 secondary school scholarships to enable students in schools throughout Galicia to spend a year studying in the United States. In October 2012, the Amancio Ortega Foundation and Caritas Spain signed a partnership agreement whereby the foundation made $22 million available for the basic assistance and primary care programs of Caritas, a charitable organization of the Catholic Church, supporting societal development and fostering the traditions of charity and social work. In 2009, the foundation co-funded the construction of new premises for the non-profit Padre Rubinos Shelter. Other notable undertakings of the foundation include: funding the construction of new premises for Proxecto Home Galicia; the construction of nine schools in the Public Network of Galicia Children Schools; an agricultural training project in Tanzania; and participation in the educational "Ponte dos Brozos Project" which encourages the use of technology as a teaching tool in classrooms. Besides, Ortega also co-founded the Paideia Galiza Foundation, which donates primarily to the mentally and physically challenged.

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