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# 207 Alberto Bailleres $8.87B

Random fact: Father Raul died a day after falling on a staircase at age 77.


Bailleres controls Industrias Penoles, a metal producer that operates in South America. The Mexico-based company was the world's largest producer of refined silver in 2019 when it had revenue of $4.5 billion. His other investments include stakes in Grupo Palacio de Hierro and Coca-Cola bottler Femsa.

As of :
Last change +$52.5M ( +0.6%)
YTD change +$262M ( +3.0%)
Industry Commodities
Biggest asset PE&OLES* MM Equity
Citizenship Mexico
Age 89
Wealth Self-made
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Relative Value

Alberto Bailleres's net worth of $8.87B can buy ...

troy ounces of gold
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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
of U.S. existing home sales
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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% stake in Industrias Penoles, the world's largest producer of refined silver, according to the Silver Institute's 2020 survey. His stake is held directly and through Albacor, SA de CV, according to the company's 2019 report. Penoles, in turn, controls a 75% stake in Fresnillo, a Mexican gold producer.

His other publicly traded investments include a 98% stake in Grupo Palacio de Hierro, the upscale department store operator, and majority stakes in two insurance companies, Grupo Profuturo and Grupo Nacional Provincial. These companies are all recorded in the net worth analysis as private companies due to low-volumes of trading.

The value of cash investments is based on an analysis of dividends, insider transactions, taxes and market performance, and includes smaller closely held assets, such as his bull- and horse-raising businesses. Other assets include stakes in asset management company Valmex and Coca-Cola bottler FEMSA.

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

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.