His Romanian-Jewish father, Yankel Rosenthal, emigrated from Romania to Honduras in 1929. Jaime Rosenthal is the leader of one of Liberal Party of Honduras's (PLH) wings, and has been a perennial candidate for President. Because of his age, Jaime Rosenthal is preparing his son Yani to run for the Presidency of Honduras in the near future.
Rosenthal has a BS in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an SM degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He was one of the Vice Presidents (known as Designados Presidenciales) during the Presidency of Jose Azcona Hoyo (Jan. 1986-Jan.1990) and resigned because of political differences, also former Honduras Congressman (Jan. 2002- Jan. 2006)
Mr. Rosenthal and his brother, Edwin Rosenthal among with other businessmen, are the owners of Grupo Continental (Continental Group), which includes among others:
A Bank (Banco Continental) An Insurance Company (Seguros Continental) A Civil Engineering Construction Company (Con-Delta) A newspaper (El Tiempo) A TV network (Canal 11) A Cable TV network (Cablecolor) A Cement Company (Cementos del Norte) An Alligator skin export company (Cocodrilos Continental) A Coffee Export and Cropping Company (Cafe Continental) A Processing Free Zone (ZIP Continental) A Food Packing Plant (Empacadora Continental) A Sugar Refining Plant (Compañía Azucarera Chumbagua) A Large Percentage in the third largest Honduran Bank (Banco de Occidente) Residential Zones in Many cities of Honduras- (Residencial Kassandras, Residencial Oro Verde, Colonia Universidad, Residencial Los Prado, Llanos De Sula) A Banana Company (Bananas Naco) Ranches for Cow Breeding- (Ganaderia Quimistan, Corderos Continental) A Cacao Farm (Cacao Continental)
- Las autoridades electas tienen un compromiso grande: Jaime Rosenthal
- "Head Honcho of Honduras". luxner.com. 2001-10-13.
- "El golpe deja un daño económico irreversible, y al PL "dividido para siempre": Rosenthal" (in Spanish). La Jornada. 2009-11-24.
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