Zara co-founder Rosalia Mera dies aged 69

Inditex group headquarters, Arteixo Rosalia Mera helped build Inditex into one of the world's biggest fashion retailers

Related Stories

Rosalia Mera, the co-founder of the Spanish fashion giant that owns Zara, and Spain's richest woman, has died.

According to Spanish media, she suffered a stroke while on holiday in Menorca and was flown back to Coruna in northern Spain where she died at the age of 69 on Thursday evening.

Mera left school at 11 and worked as a tailor before starting Inditex with her ex-husband Amancio Ortega.

She helped build the company into one of the world's biggest retailers.

Rosalia Mera Mera was on holiday on the island of Menorca

Inditex owns the Zara, Massimo Dutti and Bershka brands.

In a statement the company said: "The group wishes to send its sincere condolences to her loved ones and friends at this extremely difficult time, after the loss of a person who contributed so much to the origins and development of the company."

Mera did not court publicity and rarely gave interviews, according to the BBC's Tom Burridge.

"Rosalia Mera had a rags to riches backstory, and that seems to have shaped her belief that the money of millionaires, or even billionaires like her, should not be flaunted," he said.

Mera and Mr Ortega divorced in 1986 after 20 years of marriage.

She left the board of directors of Inditex in 2004 but still owned a near 7% stake in the company, according to the the newspaper El Pais.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Technology stories



  • Two women in  JohanesburgYour pictures

    Readers' photos on the theme of South Africa

  • Worcestershire flagFlying the flag

    Preserving the identities of England's counties

  • Female model's bottom in leopard skin trousers as she walks up the catwalkBum deal

    Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health

  • The OfficeIn pictures

    Fifty landmark shows from 50 years of BBC Two

  • French luxury Tea House, Mariage Freres display of tea pots Tea for tu

    France falls back in love with tea - but don't expect a British cuppa

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.