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[Top 5] Most Successful Spanish Entrepreneurs

[Top 5] Most Successful Spanish Entrepreneurs

Spanish Entrepreneurs

Antonio Brufau

The CEO of Repsol is one of Spain’s most experienced and full-featured business executives. He was born in Lleida (Catalonia) in 1948, graduated from the University of Barcelona with a degree in economics, and studied at the prestigious IESE Business School, then began his career as an accountant at Arthur Andersen and eventually became a partner. In 1988, he joined La Caixa (currently the leading savings bank in Europe and the third largest financial institution in Spain) as deputy general manager.

In 1997, he was appointed as the chairman of Gas Natural Group, after which he initiated a bold but unsuccessful hostile cash and stock acquisition of the power company Iberdrola in 2003. In 2004, after serving on the board of directors for eight years, Bruff, president of Repsol-YPF (Spanish oil and gas company, now the world’s 15th largest oil refining company), jumped to the top spot.

His strategic plan successfully reversed the debt-laden company, expanded its business in OECD countries, and enabled upstream and downstream investments (except for the expansion of drilling scope) through new profitable projects in the United States and Africa. In addition to the traditional core business in Latin America) diversified Alaska’s prospects and the company purchased 1,500 square kilometers of Mississippi limestone to produce unconventional hydrocarbons.

Brufo is portrayed as a tough and competitive entrepreneur who is currently resolving the Argentine government’s conflict over the nationalization of the YPF. Anthony Brufo is married and the father of three children. He likes to play golf and tennis. He received the “Global Business Leadership Award” from the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain in 2009 and the “CEO of the Year” award from the Platts Global Energy Awards in 2012.

Jose Manuel Entrecanales

In 2004, Jos. Manuel Entrecanales (Madrid, 1963) inherited his retired father José Mara Entre Canales Azcrate (Josá Maráa Entrecanales Azcrate), he is the executive chairman of Acciona, the main holding company in Spain, specializing in civil engineering, infrastructure, transportation and environmental services.

He is clearly a model for a new generation of Spanish businessmen, who are influenced by their family background but fully agree with modernization. The energetic Entrecanales studied in an elite private school and graduated with a degree in economics from the Complutense University of Madrid. In 1985, he was hired by Merrill Lynch and worked in offices in London and New York for six years.

He then decided to assume the first executive position in the family business. Throughout the 1990s, Acciona acquired a large number of shares in the booming mobile telecommunications market, but Entrecanales sold it to Vodafone UK in 2000. The capital gains from this business were used to make the energy sector a perfect landing. Entrecanales served as CEO of Endesa (Spain’s largest power company) from 2007 to 2009.

In the past few years, Acciona has focused on renewable energy: Entrecanales is very active in a sustainable international network and is determined to make the group a global leader in this field, especially in the United States.

Florentino Perez

As the chairman of Real Madrid Football Club (twice), Florentino Pres (Madrid, 1947) enjoys a high reputation in Spain and a reputation abroad. However, he is above all a wealthy and powerful industrialist: the owner of Grupo ACS, a global conglomerate of civil engineering, construction, transportation and logistics services, and the world’s number one infrastructure concession holder.

Bold financial strategy and sports glory (Real Madrid has won ten major national and international championships, this is a team with the best players in the world), in sports “Florentino era” and The difference, which often conceals non-football-related achievements of quiet self-made tycoons, sometimes referred to as “Building Midas”.

Gabriel Escarrer

Gabriel Escarrer Juli, the founder and chairman of Meli.Hotels International, has been in the tourism operator business in his hometown of Mallorca since he was 16 years old, when tourism was booming, making the Balearic Islands the most popular in the region Europe, one of the resorts, is still ten years away. Five years later, in 1956, the young entrepreneur leased and managed a 60-room hotel in Palma.

The humility of the first step heralds the unstoppable expansion of the business: Escarrer first acquired and opened hotels in the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands, then in mainland Spain, and finally globally. Through an active acquisition policy, the original Hoteles Mallorquines grew into Hoteles Sol and later Sol Meli. , And finally became Meli.Hotels International, S.A. in 2011.

Today, Meli operates 313 hotels in 32 countries/regions, is the leading hotel chain in Spain, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, and ranks 16th in the world. Gabriel Escarrer, known as the “visionary vision of the tourism industry”, has won many professional awards for his contributions to the Spanish and international hotel industry. He is 77 years old and is transferring his know-how and executive functions to his sons Sebastian and Gabriel.

Victor Grifols

Victor Grifols Roura (Barcelona in 1950) is President and CEO of Grifols, SA, a global pharmaceutical and bioscience company, the largest in Europe Manufacturer of plasma products. The history of the third-generation family business can be traced back to 1940, when the grandfather hematologist Jos Antonio Grifols Roig founded Laboratorios Grifols in Barcelona. His grandson graduated in business administration from the University of Barcelona.

His grandson graduated in business administration from the University of Barcelona. In 1973, he joined the family company, began its business expansion in Spain, and then entered the international market. In 1985, the youngest Grifols succeeded his father as CEO, and six years later took over as chairman of the group.With him at the helm, the Catalan multinational enterprise employer embarked on a duration of severe R and D I matters to do and agency operations centered on the US market, with brilliant results. In 2011 Grifols added a $4 billion deal to buy Talecris Biotherapeutics, a direct competitor. With this takeover, over 90% of Grifols’ income now comes from the worldwide market.

In 2012, Vctor Grifols publicly asked the Spanish government to open the Spanish blood donation system (now completely voluntary and selfless) to meet the demand (paid blood donors), which attracted the attention of the media. He warned that he was ready if this “breakage” Of the countries do not “change the engine”, then give up all investments in Spain.

As an advocate of bioethics, Grifols received the “Business Leadership Award” from the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain and the Spanish-American Chamber of Commerce in 2011. He is married and has three sons.

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