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Primary Company:
Industria de Diseno Textil (Inditex)
Estimated Net Worth:
At least $79.1 billion
Source of Wealth:
28 March 1936
Busdongo, Castilla y Leon, Spain
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Native of Busdongo, Castilla y Leon, Spain, Ortega was born in 1936. 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, he opened his first factory, and two years later, in 1965, he established Confecciones Goa, a textile manufacturer and marketer. In 1975, ...

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Interesting Facts

Ortega coined the Inditex slogan, "We seek to democratize fashion, in contrast to the idea of fashion as privilege."

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

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.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Boating - Yachts
Description: Owns a $7.5 million yacht, named "Valoria," after his mother's hometown.

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

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Giving Profile: Founding Chairman 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. 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 U.S. In October 2012, the Amancio Ortega Foundation donated $22 million to Caritas, a charitable organization of the Catholic Church, supporting societal development and fostering the traditions of charity and social work. In addition, the foundation also donated $11 million to fund educational programs through the Entreculturas Foundation. Ortega also co-founded the Paideia Galiza Foundation, which donates primarily to the mentally and physically challenged. In March 2017, the Amancio Ortega Foundation pledged to spend $344 million to acquire the latest breast cancer-screening technology for public hospitals across Spain.

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