Rosalia Mera at an awards ceremony in Madrid in March 2013
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Zara co-founder Rosalia Mera, 69, dies after a stroke

Rosalia Mera, the co-founder of the Spanish fashion giant that owns Zara, and Spain's richest woman, has died at the age of 69.

According to Spanish media, she suffered a stroke while on holiday in Menorca and was flown back to Coruna in northern Spain where she died on Thursday evening.

Mera left school at 11 and worked as a tailor before starting Inditex with her ex-husband Amancio Ortega.

Inditex owns the Zara, Massimo Dutti and Bershka brands. Tom Burridge reports.

  • 16 Aug 2013
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