Billionaire Zara Owner Builds Energy Bet With Wind Farm Stake
(Bloomberg) -- Amancio Ortega, the billionaire founder of the Zara clothing brand, bought a stake in a renewable energy project from Repsol SA.
Ortega’s family office Pontegadea will pay 245 million euros ($281 million) for a 49% stake in Repsol’s Delta wind farm in the Spanish province of Zaragoza, according to a statement from the Madrid energy company Thursday.
This is Pontegadea’s fourth investment in the energy sector, but its first in power generation. It acquired a 5% in Spain’s natural gas network operator Enagas SA in late 2019, and then this year acquired stakes in the country’s power grid operator Red Electrica Corp SA and its Portuguese counterpart REN - Redes Energeticas Nacionais SGPS.
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Pontegadea was set up to invest dividends Ortega receives from Inditex SA, the world’s largest apparel retailer, which owns Zara and other brands and forms the core of a fortune worth $78 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Traditionally, the boutique had invested mostly in real estate. Ortega controls about 59% of Inditex.
Delta, a wind-farm, has installed capacity of 335 megawatts.
Banco Santander SA advised Repsol on the deal, while GBS Finance assisted Pontegadea.
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