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Famously reclusive (he has never given an interview) Ortega at 78 is now a non-executive director.
But he can be found in casual wear, having lunch in the staff canteen at Inditex’s futuristic headquarters at Arteixo within La Corunna.
Inditex floated on the Madrid stock market in 2001 and Ortega retains a near 60% stake in the business now worth nearly £31bn.
Our new number one is the low-key Spanish founder of the Zara fashion chain, Amancio Ortega, spending at least part of his £35.7bn fortune on London assets.
Such has been the influx of European and Asian wealth into this London property market that the Duke of Westminster (our regular number one until two years ago) can only make it into the 2014 rankings at number seven with his £8.4bn fortune.
The connection with the cream of the British aristocracy had long gone for the new owner was born on decidedly the wrong side of the tracks.
The son of a railway worker in Spain, Amancio Ortega is the majority shareholder in Inditex, the company behind the Zara fashion chain.