Here is a man who has beaten odds to reach the zenith of success. You may not even have heard of him, but then you are not alone. Amancio Ortega is the world’s third-richest person and is extremely publicity shy. He is a self-made man, who ventured into the world of fashion in 1975 with the launch of fashion label Zara. Today, Zara has 6,200 stores spread in 70 different countries.
Ortega was born on March 28, 1936 in Busdongo de Arbas, Leon. He has 3 older siblings. Ortega’s childhood was spent in Leon, but when he was 14 years old, his family moved to A Coruna. His father was a railway worker. Here, Ortega began working for a shirtmaker and learned the art of apparel making. He left high school at the age of 14.