Rosalia Mera: Co-Founder of Zara Dies at Age 69
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Rosalia Mera: Co-Founder of Zara Dies at Age 69

Rosalia Mera: Co-Founder of Zara Dies at Age 69
  The woman who co-founded an apparel store Zara and groomed it to become one of the leading retail chains in the world is no longer alive.  A seamstress when she started off, Rosalia Mera, initiated Zara in northwestern Spain and was a true example of the ‘rags to riches’ theory in which she managed to become the richest woman in Spain.  She was barely 11 when she quit school to train as a seamstress and later joined hands with her then-husband to create a global brand in the retail chain business. Her death was confirmed by the owner of Zara, Inditex SA, however it did not reveal a lot of details on her death.  Nevertheless, the Spanish media did bring about reports that Rosalia Mera, who was the major shareholder in Inditex, suffered from a heart stroke whilst holidaying in Menorca, a Mediterranean island.  She died last Thursday at a hospital in La Coruna, which was apparently her birthplace. Mera had co-founded the very first Zara outlet in La Coruna the year 1975 along with her husband (now divorced) Armancio Ortega.  Apparently Her ex-husband is listed as the third richest person in the world by Forbes.  The original name of the store was supposed to be Zorba, taken after “Zorba the Greek” film, however the name was already blocked and hence Zara came into being.  The store soon caught up with public demand by providing cheaper versions of popular haute couture and this led to a surge of the Zara stores across the country and eventually across the globe. Mera’s net worth is at $6.1 billion as estimated by Forbes, and although the magazine places her on the 195th spot in the list of the richest people in the world, yet she is one the first position when it comes to the list of the “wealthiest self-made women”.  Mera might have accumulated a fraction of what her ex-husband has been able to muster, yet she has etched a name for herself in the business. Apart from making a name in the retail chain business, Mera also was known as a social activist who opposed the conservative Spanish government’s stance on the Spanish abortion laws. Apart from the Zara chain of stores, the company Inditex also owns other retail outlets such as Pull & Bear, Bershka, Stradivarius, Zara Home, Uterque, Massimo Dutti, Bershka and Oysho.  There are a total of 1,763 Zara outlets around the globe; however the company possesses a total of 6,058 stores in all. "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," stated Inditex.
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