24 Mar, 2013 @ 08:00
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‘Spain’s richest banker was my father’


AN IMPOVERISHED Spanish woman has won the right to have one of Spain’s richest financiers exhumed from his grave.

After years of struggle, Ana Gallart will find out if her DNA matches that of Mallorca multi-millionaire banker Juan March.

March died in 1962 having become the most successful Spanish banker of the first half of the twentieth century.

The 65-year-old, who lives in working class neighbourhood in Valencia, insists she is the daughter of March and is therefore entitled to a share of his fortune.

She made the claims after discovering that her birth mother was a cook in the March household, when she gave birth in 1947.

While a twin sister died at only eight months, she was adopted to a family in Valencia.

She discovered her past after finding her biological mother was called Rosa, who had sadly died a few years ago at the age of 62.

So sure is Gallart of the connection that she has risked her pension, plus the pension of her husband and mother to help cover €10,000 in legal costs.

She’s also borrowed money from family and friends, who know they might not get it back.

“I hadn’t questioned my past until I discovered that my birth certificate read of unknown parentage,” Gallart explained.

“I wanted to know who I am and where I come from.”

A court agreed with her claims and March’s body was exhumed last week. The DNA results will be known in a few weeks.

If Gallart is the daughter she will be entitled to a claim to the March fortune.


  1. With all the anger and fear concerning the raid on depositors in Cyprus, you would think no other government would even dream about doing this. Spain, however, has announced it too is planning a levy on the banks based on the total level of deposits they hold. So, it appears that another government is planning to get money from savers – one way or another.

  2. Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem declared that the Cyprus rescue should be seen as a “template” for the rest of the eurozone.

    Get any savings out now is my advice. I never trusted here to begin with lol.

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