Source of Wealth:Zara, self-made
Birth Place:A Coruña, Spain
Full Name:Rosalía Mera
Date of Birth:1944,
About Rosalía Mera
Net Worth Last Calculated: $6.1 Billion As of March 2013
Marital Status: Divorced , Children: 2
Spanish businesswoman, entrepreneur and billionaire Rosalia Mera was the founder of Inditex and she has an estimated net worth of $6.1 billion as of March 2013 according to Forbes. With her earnings, she is listed as the 66th powerful woman and 195th in the list of World Billionaires. She is also the second richest person in Spain.
Rosalia Mera Goyenechea dropped out of school at a very young age of eleven to work as a seamstress. Such venture later led her in making dressing gowns and lingerie along with her ex-husband Amancio Ortega. It later became Inditex, the parent company of the Zara retail store, which has more than 5,500 stores in 77 countries around the world. Among its other brands include Massimo Dutti, Bershka Oysho, Pull and Bear, and Stradivarius.
Mera controlled a $5.1 share in the $20.56 billion (in sales) Spanish company which has diversified after its 2001 stock market launch. She invested her money in several other companies such as marine fish farming, in a company that creates sea-products for cancer treatment, and a maker of a fingerprinting system for newborns. Aside from these, she also has heavy investment in the exclusive Bulgari Hotel in London.
Miss Mera also held a jazz contest for young musicians in Spain. She has established Paideia Foundation because of her physically and mentally disabled son, Marcus. She actively worked in the organization which helps in the integration of such children into society.
Considered the world’s richest self-made woman, Rosalia Mera died at the age of 69. She was on her vacation with her daughter Sandra on the island of Menorca. She died on August 15, 2013.
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