For more than fifteen years the granddaughter of the Greek tycoon and the daughter of the man who set up Zara’s empire have been close. The love for riding, the difficult moments with their divorces, the common outings, the hatred for social media, the common holidays and the appearances in glam gatherings of the international jet set.
In one of her sayings, the American author Ellen Keller wrote that “walking in the dark with a friend is better than walking alone in the light”, lwhich have ideally suited two well-known women, our own way Athena Onassis and Marta Ortega, daughter of the man who founded the empire of Zara.
Early last summer The granddaughter of Aristotle Onassis, was perhaps the first outside the Ortega family to learn before it was officially announced that her best friend was taking over the reins of the Zara Group. This is quite logical, since the two women have spent almost everything together for the last fifteen years, having established a true friendship that went through a lot but was never disturbed.
They lived happy moments together as married until 2015 -Marta climbed the steps of the church again three years ago- together they faced their divorces and the scourge of publicity. Both equestrian lovers met according to what has become known in a tournament and almost immediately felt that they had a lot to say.
The sympathy was mutual and so the two girls who were then in their twenties, began to communicate very regularly and go out with their husbands and alone very often. And when six years ago they experienced the adventure of their divorces accompanied by the inevitable publicity in the international media, one was there for the other.
And this still exists six years after their separations and the second marriage of Marta Ortega in 2018, where Athena’s friend of course was present.
At difficult moments
2015 was a catalytic year for the two close friends, until then Athena was both married for ten years with Alvaro De Miranda Neto and Marta for three years with Sergio Alvarez. Both men were famous equestrian athletes, a sport loved by teenagers by two women who were born in January and age one year apart.
Sources in the environment told them that horses and their frequent contact in the most famous tournaments proved to be the beginning of a very strong friendship. Many times they said it for a while, one of them always watched the other’s match, while there were not a few times that they had lunch with their spouses during the breaks of the matches. Athena was already ten years married to the Brazilian rider, unlike her friend, who had been married for three years, when she decided to divorce.
One could say that it was an incredible coincidence but around the same time period of 2015, the Greek heiress began to suspect the naughty as Alvaro turned out. Ortega was by her side every day, according to what was heard later in the wide social environment of the two women, talking for hours with Athena. An Athena who had to gradually deal with her impending divorce and the publicity party that was set up when her divorce became known a year later.
Both Aristotle Onassis’ granddaughter and his daughter Amancio Ortega are two women who never wanted publicity and close contact with the media, unlike other celebrities in international jet set circles.
Even today, Athena has not given her first interview to a newspaper or magazine, although the requests are many, while Marta has given few, and these only for her work. Although she also experienced a divorce, hers was clearly milder than Athena’s who discovered Doda’s infidelities with other women.
In fact, when the Brazilian playboy claimed a share of Onassis’s property, Ortega allegedly advised her friend not to proceed with an out-of-court settlement. She considered Doda’s attitude towards her friend as unacceptable at the time, especially since she chose to get the best out of her fortune.
It was the time that the two women came even closer, as the heiress of the empire Zara arranged to take a vacation together, to go out for dinner and mutual friends always away from the flashes. And Athena never forgot this support.
The second marriage, the anointing and the gluer
In fact, it was as they say in the friendly and social environment of the two women the first to learn about Marta Ortega’s new love, the charming modeling agent Carlos Torreta about four years ago.
The man who won the heart of her gluer met the Greek heiress, who although she does not often make public appearances, there was no way she could not attend the mythical as it was called a wedding. A wedding that cost neither more nor less than twenty million euros and gathered the elite of the international jet set in La Coru .a, Spain in November 2018, which gave a resounding presence at the ceremony.
The camera lens of some of the guests caught the two girlfriends dancing and smiling with Carlos at the La Coruna Nautical Club at one of the parties given for the happy event.
Not much has changed for the two girlfriends since then, except for the fact that Marta is now married while Athena remains single and only last March the chapter of the court dispute with Alvaro De Miranda Neto was finally closed. The latter lost solemnly after it turned out that from the 11 years of his married life, eight of them were in a relationship with a Belgian modeling beauty.
So he was forced to settle for a small financial compensation, which left the property of his ex-wife virtually intact, which when he left the court initially breathed with satisfaction with the result. He then contacted Ortega to arrange a dinner out so that they could discuss the details on their own and without others in their company.
In any case, they belong to this category of women who do not love not only the media but also social media, in which other famous parents of strong families are passionately immersed. Perhaps the only difference between them is the fact that although they grew up in overprotective environments -especially Athena Onassis- Marta after her studies immediately joined the family group.
Amancio Ortega wanted his daughter to work at Zara and having already put in his mind the idea to one day take over the reins of the Group, he threw it deep.
Martha walked through the door of a Zara store in London in 2006, having been hired as a regular employee after the founder of the cheap clothing empire wanted to start from the bottom. On the contrary, Athena has not worked in the broadest sense of the word, after she has left the management of her property to investment funds and has chosen a way of life that to many seems ascetic.
Ortega went through various positions until this July and specifically that Tuesday that the calendar showed July 20, this summer. It was the day the official announcement was made that he was taking over the reins of Inditex, of the parent company that includes all the companies of the group. Her daily life after that did not change much, since unlike her boyfriend she is the mother of a boy from her first marriage.
And if one expected the little one to go to school with a driver and accompanied by a nanny, this does not happen at all since his mother may be a billionaire but insists on doing some things like other women. So, every morning she prepares the little one, they eat the breakfast she makes together after she goes to school and then she goes to work.
She is still living in La Coruna with her husband and will now work harder to prove that she received the ring of succession from her father, who loves her dearly.. But he always finds time to talk to Athena almost every day since he found in her a real friend with whom he spent a lot and came out not only unscathed, but also stronger.
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