Mera, who created Inditex with her former husband Amancio Ortega, called emergency services yesterday morning after feeling unwell and walked unaided into Mateu Orfila hospital, the newspaper reported, citing unidentified health-care staff. Mera’s health worsened in the hospital following a cardio-respiratory failure, El Pais said.
Mera’s current estimated net worth is $5.5 billion, making the 69-year-old Spain’s richest woman, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Ortega, 77, owns a 59.3 percent stake in Inditex and is the world’s fourth-richest person with a net worth of $56.5 billion. Mera owns almost 7 percent of Inditex through the family investment vehicle Rosp Corunna, according to data from the Spanish stock-market regulator.
Jose Leyte, director of Rosp Corunna, wasn’t immediately available when his office was contacted by phone and e-mail by Bloomberg News today. Hospital spokeswoman Maria Coll declined to comment by phone.
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