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  • Busdongo de Arbás, León, Spain
    Saturday Mar 28, 1936

    Birth

    Busdongo de Arbás, León, Spain
    Saturday Mar 28, 1936

    on March 28, 1936, Ortega was born in Busdongo de Arbás, León, Spain, to Antonio Ortega Rodríguez and Josefa Gaona Hernández.




  • León, Spain
    1940s

    Childhood

    León, Spain
    1940s

    Ortega spent his childhood in León.




  • A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
    1950

    Ortega Left School

    A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
    1950

    Ortega left school and moved to A Coruña at the age of 14, due to the job of his father, a railway worker.




  • A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
    1950

    First Job

    A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
    1950

    Ortega found a job as a shop hand for a local shirtmaker called Gala, and learned to make clothes by hand.




  • Spain
    1966

    Marriage

    Spain
    1966

    Ortega married Rosalia Mera in 1966.




  • Spain
    1972

    Confecciones Goa

    Spain
    1972

    In 1972, Ortega founded Confecciones Goa to sell quilted bathrobes.




  • A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
    1975

    First Zara Store

    A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
    1975

    In 1975, Ortega opened his first Zara store in 1975 in central A Coruña, Galicia.


  • Spain
    1986

    Divorce

    Spain
    1986

    Ortega divorced Rosalia Mera in 1986.


  • Spain
    2001

    Another Marriage

    Spain
    2001

    Ortega married his second wife Flora in 2001.


  • Arteixo (A Coruña), Spain
    2009

    Industrias de Diseño Textil Sociedad anónima (Inditex Group)

    Arteixo (A Coruña), Spain
    2009

    In 2009, Zara was part of the Inditex group, of which Ortega owned 59.29%, and aside from over 6,000 stores included the brands Zara, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, Zara Home, Kiddy's Class, Tempe, Stradivarius, Pull and Bear, Bershka and has more than 92,000 employees.


  • Arteixo (A Coruña), Spain
    2011

    Retirement

    Arteixo (A Coruña), Spain
    2011

    In 2011, Ortega announced his imminent retirement from Inditex, parent company of the Zara chain, stating that he would ask Inditex vice-president and CEO Pablo Isla to take his place as head.


  • Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid, Spain
    Dec, 2011

    Torre Picasso

    Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid, Spain
    Dec, 2011

    In December 2011, Ortega purchased the Torre Picasso skyscraper in Madrid for €400 million.


  • Vatican City
    2012

    philanthropy

    Vatican City
    2012

    In 2012 Ortega donated about €20 million to Caritas Internationalis, a Roman Catholic relief organisation.


  • Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, Florida, U.S.
    2014

    Epic Residences and Hotel

    Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, Florida, U.S.
    2014

    Ortega purchased the Epic Residences and Hotel in Miami, Florida.


  • A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
    2016

    60% of Inditex

    A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
    2016

    In 2016, Ortega owned around 60% of Inditex, which is the holding company for Zara and related chains.


  • Spain
    2017

    Fighting Cancer

    Spain
    2017

    Ortega donated 300 million euros to fight cancer across Spain, which were invested in the purchase of 440 machines to detect the disease.


  • A Coruña, Spain
    2017

    Lived with his Wife

    A Coruña, Spain
    2017

    As of 2017, Ortega has lived with his wife (Flora) in A Coruña, Spain.


  • Spain
    Jul, 2017

    AEF Award

    Spain
    Jul, 2017

    In July 2017, for its second edition of the AEF awards, the Spanish Association of Foundations awarded Amancio Ortega in the 2017 Philanthropic Initiative category.


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