Spanish businesswoman and entrepreneur who in 1975 co-founded the Zara retail chain, which would grow to become the world's largest fashion retailer.
She dropped out of school at age 11 to work as a sales assistant in a clothing shop and eventually started designing her own gowns and lingerie in her house.
She was the richest woman in Spain and the world's richest self-made woman at the time of her death.
She co-founded Zara with her then-husband Amancio Ortega Gaona whom she married in 1966 and divorced in 1986.
She was a Spanish-speaking business mogul like Carlos Slim.