Own­ers of May­oral and La Cañada mall come in at num­bers 51 and 58

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By Oliver McIn­tyre TWO Málaga busi­ness­men are among the 100 rich­est peo­ple in Spain, ac­cord­ing to a list­ing by Forbes mag­a­zine.

The top spot in Málaga prov­ince goes to Rafael Fernán­dez de Gor, owner of the May­oral chil­dren’s cloth­ing com­pany, whose es­ti­mated net worth is €550 mil­lion, mak­ing him the 51st rich­est per­son in Spain, ac­cord­ing to the Forbes rank­ing. He dropped from num­ber 38 on last year’s list.

How­ever, the other Málaga mogul on the list, Tomás Olivo, owner of Mar­bella’s La Cañada and five other shop­ping cen­tres through­out An­dalucía and in Barcelona, soared from 100th place last year to num­ber 58 on this year’s list. The boost came af­ter his com­pany, Gen­eral de Galerías Comer­ciales, be­came pub­licly listed in July of this year, push­ing his net worth to €500 mil­lion, up from €100 mil­lion last year.

Olivo is a na­tive of Mur­cia but is based in Mar­bella. Be­sides La Cañada, his com­pany's shop­ping cen­tres in­clude Gran Plaza in Ro­que­tas del Mar and Mediter­rá­neo in Almería city, Ne­vada Shop­ping in Granada, Las Du­nas in Cádiz and Mataró Park in Barcelona.

While the two Málaga busi­ness­men’s for­tunes are im­pres­sive, they pale in com­par­i­son to that of Spain’s rich­est man, Zara’s par­ent com­pany founder Aman­cio Ortega, who tops the list with a stag­ger­ing €61.7 bil­lion. Ortega who is ma­jor­ity owner of the pub­licly traded In­di­tex, which op­er­ates Zara and nu­mer­ous other re­tails chains, is also cur­rently listed at num­ber four on Forbes’s list of world bil­lion­aires.

Among Spain’s rich­est, his for­tune is roughly equiv­a­lent to the com­bined to­tal of the next 51 peo­ple on the list, while di­rectly fol­low­ing him in the num­ber-two po­si­tion is his own daugh­ter, San­dra Ortega, with a net worth of €6.5 bil­lion.

Round­ing out the top five are Mer­cadona owner Juan Roig, at €4.8 bil­lion; Iber­star ho­tels chief Miguel Fluxà with €3.6 bil­lion; and con­struc­tion and in­fra­struc­ture gi­ant Fer­rovial’s ex­ec­u­tive pres­i­dent, Rafael del Pino, with a net worth of €2.9 bil­lion.

Tomás Olivo, ma­jor­ity owner of shop­ping cen­tre com­pany Gen­eral de Galerías Comer­ciales

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