By Oisin Sweeney • 07 February 2021 • 21:22
THE ANCESTRAL Spanish village of Jeff Bezos in Castilla y Leon has asked the world’s richest man to help them in a project to revive the struggling region.
The mayor of a rural village in central Spain has appealed to its most successful descendent to support a project that he hopes will breathe new life into the desolate area.
The village of Viallafrechos is typical of most communities in Spain’s rural Castilla y Leon. Located 50 kilometres from the regional capital Valladollid, the sleepy town has just 500 inhabitants and has economically struggled over recent decades.
It is also the hometown of Salvador Bezos, the grandfather of Amazon founder and the world’s wealthiest man Jeff Bezos. The multibillionaire visited the pueblo in 2011 with his family, with locals not knowing at the time that they were serving tapas and cervezas to one of the planet’s most successful businessmen.
Recently, the mayor of Villafrechos announced that he plans to launch a project highlighting the Bezos connection to the village – named Bezos Origin. He hopes that with the publicity of the town’s world-famous descendent, the region will experience a tourism revival.
Miguel Angel Gomez says his village offers a “quiet, relaxed life” with friendly locals who are like a “slightly larger family” according to local media. He says that “whether we make something of the project or not, he will still be loved because he is a descendent of the town”.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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