Zara Ortega
Amancio Ortega

RETAIL magnate Amancio Ortega has been branded as the ‘best boss’ by the Spanish public.

A resounding 29% of people voted for the Inditex founder and owner of Zara as their ideal boss in a recent survey for Adecco.

Meanwhile former CEO of Ikea Iberia, Frau Bethlehem, came in second with 24.9% and Mercadona CEO Juan Roig snapped up 18% of the vote.

A larger number of women chose Ortega, with the men leaning towards Frau and Roig.

Ortega’s fortune topped €60 billion, making him the fourth richest person in the world, behind Bill Gates, Carlos Slim and Warren Buffett.

The top 10 also included Banco Santander chief Ana Botin, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and Mango founder Isak Andic.

The Spanish also voted tennis-star Rafa Nadal as their number one sport coach, with basketball ace Pau Gasol and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas coming second and third.


  1. How would the Spanish public know how good a boss Mr Ortega is? Is wealth what makes a person “best”? And wasn’t Zara the company found to be using sweatshops in Argentina a couple of years back, where people were made to work a 13 hour day and could not leave without permission? I don’t think the workers there would consider him to be a good boss. This report is pretty much meaningless.

  2. Luc,
    seconded. This survey is meaningless unless those who voted worked for the company concerned and from all the negative comments from those who work for Zara in different cou ntries, he would probably come last.

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