Ten Spaniards join the Forbes rich list

11th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

11 March 2005, MARCH-Ten Spaniards were in Forbes magazine's list of the richest people in the world.

11 March 2005

MARCH-Ten Spaniards were in Forbes magazine's list of the richest people in the world.

It is the largest number of Spaniards ever on the authoritative list of the people compiled by the New York magazine with the biggest personal fortunes.

Amancio Ortega, a textiles impresario, made no 23, with a reported fortune of USD 12.6 billion.

Ortega is the richest man in Spain and has moved up the list, after occupying number 30 last year.

He is now at the same place on the list as Italian prime minister and multi-millionaire Silvio Berlusconi.

Ortega's ex -wife Rosalia Mera, owner of the clothing chain Zara, was at no 321 with a fortune valued at USD 2 bn.

Other Spaniards included Jesús de Polanco, owner of the Prisa media group, who was the third wealthiest man in Spain, with a fortune valued at USD 2.8 bn.

He made number 210 on the Forbes list.

The Galician property magnate Manuel Jové, who runs the Fadesa empire, was number 413 on the list, with a fortune of USD 1.6bn.

He is the eighth most wealthy person in Spain.

Isak Andic, a textiles magnate and owner of the Mango clothes chain, made the Forbes list for the first time with a fortune put at USD 2bn.

Andic and Ortega both famously avoid publicity and hardly any photographs of them have ever been published.

Spain's second most wealthiest man is Rafael del Pino has a fortune of USD 5bn made in the construction business.

He rose from number 159 to number 94 on the list.

Esther Koplowitz, main shareholder of construction giant FCC, rose from number 342 to 243 ,  and has a fortune of USD 2.5m

Her sister, Alicia Koplowitz –also in the building business – fell to number 488 on the list despite having a fortune of USD 1.4m.

For the first time, Gabriel Escarrer, owner of the hotel chain  Sol Meliá,  returned to the list after disappearing last year. He has a USD 1.3bn fortune and was number 507.

Emilio Botín, owner of the Banco Santander, has moved from number 355 to 310 on the list with a fortune estimated at USD 1.9bn.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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