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Joseph James Gaggero CBE, GMH, KHS, KFO, (20 November 1927 – 10 February 2012) was a Gibraltarian businessman. He was president of The Bland Group of Companies, which concentrate their business in shipping, aviation and travel.
Early and personal life
Joseph James Gaggero was born in Gibraltar on 20 November 1927, to Sir George Gaggero OBE JP and Mabel Andrews-Speed. He was educated at Worth School, West Sussex and later at Downside School, Bath. He married Marilys Healing in 1958 and had a son and a daughter. He was later married to Cristina Russo from 1994 to 2008. In his spare time he enjoyed painting and travel. Gaggero was also a member of the Travellers Club in London and Valderrama Golf Club in San Roque.
Gaggero was president of the Bland Group, an international travel, shipping and tourism based group of companies comprising fifteen trading enterprises established in the United Kingdom and the Western Mediterranean (Spain, Gibraltar and Morocco).
Other activities and honours
Vice President Moroccan-British Business Council 2007 - . President British Moroccan Soc, Liveryman, GAPAN 1997 -. Patron, Hispanic British Foundation, 1999, Hon Vice President 2009, Gibraltar Philharmonic Orchestra, KHS (Vatican), Commander, Royal Order of the Polar Star (Sweden) 1991; Commander, Royal Order Al Alaoui (Morocco), 2006. Awarded Gibraltar Medallion of Honour, 2009, KFO - Knight of the Royal Order of Francis I 2011. Inducted: Hall of Fame, Travel and Hospitality Industry, 2007. Awarded: UK Air League Founders Medal, 2007. Publication: Running with the Baton (autobiog), 2005.
The Gaggero Foundation is an independent private charitable body established by his son James Gaggero through the Bland Group in 2008. The Foundation's purpose is to support and initiate programs that aid education, family welfare and community health. The Foundation encourages applications that are consistent with these aims, and has particular interest in supporting the geographic areas of Gibraltar, Morocco and Andalusia.
He was a director of the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce between 1951–56, Head of Gibraltar Government Tourist Department 1955-59. Gaggero also served on or led various other Government committees and Gibraltar Trading Associations. He was appointed Honorary Vice Consul for Sweden in Gibraltar 1958 (under his father Sir George Gaggero, Consul with title of a Consul General), Consul 1967 and Consul General 1973. Resigned in 1996.
- MH Bland 200 years of history, B2B – The Voice of Gibraltar Business, Winter 2010
- http://www.chronicle.gi/headlines_details.php?id=23973, Gibraltar Chronicle, Feb 2012
- GIBRALTAR AS A BASE FOR TOURISTS, The New York Times, January 28, 1958 ("Joseph Gaggero, the energetic 30-year old chairman of the Gibraltar Tourism Committee. He is the son of Sir George Gaggero, one of Gibraltar's top industrialists.")