Biography of Plácido Arango Arias

Business Spanish, born in Tampico (Mexico) on May 15, 1931, President of the Prince of Asturias Foundation, Director of the Banco Bilbao-Vizcaya, and member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of the Prado in Madrid.

Son of Spanish immigrants, began studying medicine, but abandoned them in the first course to enroll in economy at the technological Institute of Mexico. Got his Bachelor degree, rode with his father and brothers a small company that, over time, became the first chain of supermarkets in the country. In 1965 he settled in Spain and changed the orientation of your business into the hospitality industry and restoration. Since 1965 he chaired Sigla SA, the company which operates chains of VIP’s, BOB’s stores and other famous restaurants.

Big fan of painting – has perhaps the best collection of art in Spain-, is a prominent personality in the world of science
and the arts, as evidenced by its membership to the Board of Trustees of the Prince of Asturias Foundation (see Prince of Asturias Award) and the Committee of the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid shopping. In addition, is academic member of the Royal fine arts of San Fernando and is proposed for corresponding of the same institution for Mexico. In 1990 it became part of the Board of Directors of the Banco Bilbao-Vizcaya and, in 1992, he was appointed member of the Board of Trustees of the bear Foundation of Asturias by the Ministry of environment of the autonomous region. Also part of the Councils of various American universities and is partner of the Spanish Confederation of industries of Madrid (CEIM).

Throughout his life, Plácido Arango has been the subject of numerous distinctions, among which are the Medal of the Royal Foundation Toledo (1990), the gold medal for merit in the fine arts and the Apple of gold of the Center Asturian of Madrid (1991), the premio Juan Lladó (1993); In addition
, in 1991, he was named adoptive son of the City Council of the town of Salas (Asturias), where his family is native to, and is in possession of the Grand Cross of Isabel la Catolica.