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#88 Alberto Bailleres $13.3B

Random fact: Sells bulls for bullfighting, horses for racing. Likes hunting and sailing.


Bailleres controls Industrias Penoles, a metal producer that operates in Chile, Mexico and Peru. It's the world's largest producer of refined silver as of 2016 when it had revenue of $4.4 billion. He also owns Grupo Palacio de Hierro, Grupo Nacional Provincial and Grupo Profuturo, and has a minority stake in Coca-Cola bottler Femsa.

As of July 23, 2017:
Last change +$14.1M (+0.1%)
YTD change +$2.57B (+23.8%)
Industry Commodities
Biggest asset PE&OLES* MM Equity
Citizenship Mexico
Age 85
Wealth Self-made
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Relative Value

Alberto Bailleres's net worth of $13.3B can buy ...

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of the GDP of the United States
of the total wealth of the 500 richest people in the world
of the top 100 U.S. college endowments
of the top 200 U.S. executives’ total awarded compensation
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Net Worth Summary

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The majority of Bailleres's fortune is controlled through Grupo Bal, a closely held investment company based in Mexico City. His most valuable asset is a 69 percent stake in Industrias Penoles, the world's largest producer of refined silver according to the Silver Institute's 2016 survey. His stake is held directly and through Grupo Bal. Penoles, in turn, controls a 77 percent stake in Fresnillo, a Mexican gold producer.

His other publicly traded investments include a 98 percent stake in Grupo Palacio de Hierro, the upscale department store operator; majority stakes in two insurance companies, Grupo Profuturo and Grupo Nacional Provincial; and a minority stake in Femsa, the publicly traded holding company for Latin America's largest Coca-Cola bottler in 2015 by revenue, according to Bloomberg data. Grupo Profuturo and Grupo Nacional Provincial are recorded in the net worth analysis as private companies due to the stocks being thinly traded.

He controls a closely held asset-management company known as Valmex. Its valuation is based on the average price-to-book and price-to-earnings multiples of five publicly traded peer companies: AllianceBernstein Holding, Janus Capital Group, Corp Actinver, Bank of New York Mellon and Legg Mason.

Over the past decade, Bailleres has received more than $2 billion in dividend income, mostly from Penoles. The value of cash investments is based on an analysis of dividend income and market performance, and includes smaller closely held assets, such as his bull- and horse-raising businesses.

A spokesperson for Bailleres declined to comment on his net worth.


Birthdate: 8/22/1931
Family: Married, 7 children
Education: Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, Economics, Bachelor's Degree

Father Don Raul Bailleres bought into beermaker Cerveceria Moctezuma in 1941. After graduating magna cum laude from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico with a degree in economics, Alberto joined the brewer as a sales rep, eventually rising to president. In 1966, he led an investor group in the purchase of a 49 percent stake in Metalurgica Mexicana Penoles (later renamed Industrias Penoles).

Today, his Grupo Bal investment vehicle controls a number of stakes in public companies, including Penoles and Grupo Palacio de Hierro, and owns an assortment of closely held assets, such as financial services firm Valmex and healthcare operator Medica Integral. A well-known bullfighting enthusiast, Bailleres owns a number of arenas to support the sport.

  • 1936 Alberto Bailleres Gonzalez is born in Mexico.
  • 1951 Begins working at Banco de Comercio; works way up to manager.
  • 1957 Graduates from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico.
  • 1958 Joins the sales department at Ceverceria Moctezuma.
  • 1964 Becomes CEO of Cerveceria Moctezuma.
  • 1968 Industrias Penoles begins trading on the Mexican Stock Exchange.
  • 1996 Penoles acquires 49 percent of Compania Fresnillo.
  • 2008 Fresnillo begins trading on the London Stock Exchange.