Valderrama founder Jaime Ortiz-Patiño dies aged 82

Valderrama founder Jaime Ortiz-Patiño dies aged 82

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Jaime Ortiz-Patiño

Jaime Ortiz-Patiño has died at Marbella’s Costa del Sol hospital at the age of 82. He is best known as the creator of San Roque’s world famous Valderrama golf course and the driving force behind successful bid to host the 1997 Ryder Cup, the first time in its history that the European leg of the competition had been held outside of the Britain.

Born to Bolivian parents in Paris in 1930, he was the grandson of Simon Iturri Patiño, the “Tin King” of Bolivia who was one of the world’s wealthiest men during the 1940s.

Jaime Ortiz-Patiño, known as “Jimmy” to his friends was an avid collector of art and rare books, and in later years also put together an impressive collection of golfing memorabilia.