Daniel Chavez Moran

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Daniel Chavez Moran
Daniel Chavez Moran
Born November 16th, 1951
Occupation Real estate developer
Years active 1974-present

Daniel Chavez Moran (born 1951) is a real estate developer and philanthropist. He is the founder of Grupo Vidanta, a real estate consortium which operates over 30 hotels in Latin America.[1] In 2014, CNN named him one of the top 100 most important businessmen in Mexico.[2] He is also a member of the Citizen Security Advisory Council of the United Nations Development Program.[3] He makes his home in Mexico.


Chavez Moran graduated from the University of Guadalajara, with a degree in civil engineering in 1971. In 1974, he founded the real estate company, Grupo VIdanta, a company which would go on to develop hotels, resorts, and golf courses.[4][5][6]

Grupo Vidanta operates over 30 hotels and several golf courses. Moran and Grupo Vidanta were also responsible for the funding for the Mar de Cortés International Airport which opened in 2009 in La Jolla de Cortés, near Puerto Peñasco in the state of Sonora.[1][7]

Moran and Grupo Vidanta also brought a Cirque du Soleil dinner show, titled Joya, to the Grand Mayan resort in Riviera Maya.[8]


In 2005, Moran founded the non-profit Vidanta Foundation, to increase awareness of the gap in political, economic, and social development in Latin America. (Originally the Daniel Chavez Moran Foundation, the name was changed to the Grupo Mayan Foundationa and finally the Vidanta Foundation.)[9]

Since 2010, the foundation has bestowed the Vidanta Foundation Awards, a joint initiative by the Organization of American States (OAS), the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) and the Vidanta Foundation. The awards consists of a first prize of $100,000 US, a second prize of $75,000 US and a third prize of $50,000 US.[10]

In 2012, Moran founded the Daniel Chavez Moran Award to encourage youths in the United States to formulate ideas on combating poverty in Latin America in the categories of Health, Science and Technology,[1][11] and Literature.[12][13]