Spain’s Richest Person Bets on Prime U.S. Property

Billionaire Zara Founder continues to pour capital into prime US property through his property arm Pontegadea.

Amancio Ortega is said to have reached an agreement with Blackstone to purchase a 12 storey office building in Washington D.C. valued at approximately €207.7 million. Located near the White House, on nº 815 of Connecticut Avenue, its tenants include law firm Baker McKenzie, Cornell University, Sumitomo Corp. of America and United Airlines amongst others.

The Spanish retail magnate’s real estate vehicle closed 2018 with a portfolio valued at c. €9.8 billion euros, up 11.5% with respect to 2017. The Galician billionaire invests part of the dividends his textile company generates into real estate and his portfolio is composed mainly of office buildings and high street properties located in the center of Tier 1 cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, London, Chicago, Miami and New York.

Ortega first began his career manufacturing textiles through a small family company in 1963 and is now the second richest person in Europe with a net worth of €55.5 billion. He owns about 60% of Madrid-listed Inditex, which has 10 brands including Zara, Zara Home, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Pull & Bear, Oysho, Uterqüe, Lefties and Kiddy’s Class and over 7,400 stores around the world.

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