2022-11-24 15:39:35

Wannabe Man United owner Amancio Ortega started as a delivery boy before forging his fashion empire

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Daily Mail
By Samuel Draper

Amancio Ortega, who has unexpectedly thrown his name into the ring to buy Manchester United, is an elusive figure.

As one of the co-founders of Inditex - most known for the Zara fashion chain - the 86-year-old has become one of the world's richest people. At one point, he was the world's richest man, overtaking Bill Gates in 2016, although he has since fallen down that list.

Now, it is thought he wants to some some of his enormous wealth to buy the Red Devils - a remarkable decision to thrust himself into the limelight for a man who has given just a handful of media interviews in his lifetime.

But just who is Ortega, and how did he become rich enough to compete with the likes of Apple and Sir Jim Ratcliffe for the right to buy Manchester United? Here, we answer some of those questions.

Who is Amancio Ortega?

Amancio Ortega Gaona was born on March 28 1936, as the youngest of four children. He started working for a shirtmaker at the age of 14, where he learnt to make clothes by hand, and also worked as a delivery boy.

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