Business in Paradise
The colonial city of Cartagena, Colombia will host Latin America’s wealthiest families this coming week for the “Fathers and Sons” gathering. The partly self-described event brings together multiple generations of Latin America’s wealthiest families once a year to discuss their businesses and analyze the region.
Among the guests are Mexican businessman Carlos Slim, who inspired the yearly event; Venezuelans Gustavo Cisneros and Lorenzo Mendoza; Argentineans Paolo Rocca and Federico Braun; Chileans Andrónico Luksic, Álvaro Saieh and future presidential candidate Sebastián Piñero.
Also invited are Brazilians Roberto Marinho Joao, David Feffer, Jorge Gerdau Johannpeter; Central Americans Stanley Motta and Roberto Kriete; and Colombians Carlos Ardila, Jaime and Isaac Gilinski, Julio Mario Santodomingo, Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo and Gabriel Echavarria, among others.
Former Spanish President Felipe González – who currently serves as an advisor to Slim- is also invited, as is Prisa’s owner, Ignacio Polanco.
The yearly meeting usually serves to formalize businesses and agreements between Latin America’s elite. Among the topics expected to be at the center of this year’s discussions are the future of Venezuela under President Hugo Chavez, the impact in the region of the recent Madoff and Stanford, a third network TV channel in Colombia, the future of Prisa, changes in their own fortunes, and all of their business alliances; with Slim.