Friend of Letizia, president of Mango and tenth on the Forbes list: this is Isak Andic, the businessman honored by King Felipe

This Monday, the IESE Business School hosted the VIII edition of the Kingdom of Spain Award for Business Achievement. He king philip has presented the award (a reproduction of a medal of merit from the time of Charles III whose original dates back to 1764) to Isak Andicfounder and president of Mangofor whom he had words of affection and admiration: “Congratulations, Isak. You are a clear model of a self-made person and you have shown that, with a lot of will, effort and determination, you can go very far.”

Andic, 71 years old, is one of the most powerful businessmen on the national and international market. He is one of the richest people in Catalonia and is ranked number 10 on the Forbes list with a fortune that exceeds 1000 million eurosseveral mansions (in Espluges and Baqueira) and the largest sailboat Spain, Nirvana Formentera, valued at 30 million euros. It also has a private jet of 32 million, and a private collection of contemporary paintings.

Born in Istanbul in 1953 to a Sephardic Jewish family, he started in the fashion business with his brother Nahman, with whom he still works. In 1969, at the age of 16, she settled with her parents, Manuel Andic and Sol Ermay, in Barcelona, ​​and after studying at the American High School, she sold her first merchandise: four embroidered blouses made in her native country, Turkey, at a boutique called Ibiza. Two years later, the brothers set up a stall at the Balmes market and in 1984 they opened their first store on Paseo de Gracia. They named it Mango because Isak loved the fruit when he tried it during a trip to the Philippines.

Currently, the firm has more than 2,700 points of sale around the world, making it one of the most international Spanish companies. In May 2022, they opened their new store in the United States: a 2,100-square-meter establishment on Fifth Avenue in New York.

Three women and three children

Isak Andic is a discreet and familiar man who does not like the spotlight. Personal friend of the Queen Letizia, is also one of the patrons of the Princess of Girona Foundation, but every year he manages to go unnoticed at events. Andic resides in the exclusive town of Esplugues, in a luxurious mansion of 1,600 square meters and three floors on a plot of 4,500 meters of gardens, surrounded by tall cypresses to preserve his privacy.

Has three childrenfruit of his first marriage with Ray snowwhich lasted two decades. Jonathan y Judith they work with him in the company, while the small Sarah He has studied fashion abroad. After his divorce, Isak regained his hope with the stylist Zenaida Bufill Comadran, with whom he broke up in 2016, after ten years together. His last known partner was Estefanía Knutan outstanding golfer twenty years his junior, Spanish amateur champion and bronze in the European Championship in 2011.