Julio Mario Santo Domingo

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Julio Mario Santo Domingo Pumarejo
1st Colombia Ambassador to China
In office
27 February 1981 – 18 March 1983
President Julio César Turbay Ayala
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Alfonso Gómez Gómez
Personal details
Born (1923-10-16)October 16, 1923
Panama City, Panamá, Panama
Died 7 October 2011(2011-10-07) (aged 87)
New York City, United States
Nationality Colombian
Spouse(s) Edyala Braga Brandão do Monte (-)
Beatrice Dávila Rocha (1975–2011)
Relations Tatiana Santo Domingo Rechulski (granddaughter)
Children Julio Mario Santo Domingo Braga
Alejandro Santo Domingo Dávila
Andrés Santo Domingo Dávila
Alma mater University of Virginia (, )
Religion Roman Catholic
Net worth Increase US$8.4 billion (2011)[1]
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Santo Domingo and the second or maternal family name is Pumarejo.

Julio Mario Santo Domingo Pumarejo (October 16, 1923 – October 7, 2011)[2] was a Colombian businessman, diplomat and patriarch of the wealthy Santo Domingo family. He controlled more than 100 companies in the diversified portfolio of the "Santo Domingo Group." He was listed by Forbes magazine as one of the wealthiest men in the world, and the second wealthiest in Colombia, with a fortune of $8 billion US dollars.[3] He was the founder of a philanthropic foundation, named to honor his father, that benefits Colombia's social development.

Early life[edit]

Julio Mario Santo Domingo was born on 16 October 1923 in Panama City, Panama, to Julio Mario Santo Domingo Santo Domingo and Beatriz Pumarejo de Vengoechea, the youngest of their four children; his older siblings were Beatriz Alicia, Cecilia, and Luis Felipe. His father was a banker, described as austere and disciplined, who made a fortune buying companies weakened during the Great Depression; his mother, from a rich and influential family, was first cousin of Alfonso López Pumarejo who was twice President of Colombia. He grew up in Barranquilla and later attended the exclusive Gimnasio Moderno in Bogotá, D.C., ultimately culminating his secondary studies at the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts; he later attended University of Virginia before transferring to Georgetown University, but did not finish his degree.[4]

Ambassadorship[edit]

On 26 May 1980, President Julio César Turbay Ayala appointed Santo Domingo to be the first Ambassador of Colombia to China. He presented his Letters of Credence to Ulanhu, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, in Beijing on 17 February 1981.[5]

Santo Domingo Group[edit]

The Group has a majority stake of Bavaria Brewery and Valores Bavaria (a holding company for his non-beer interests). In 2005, Bavaria Brewery merged with South African company SABMiller. In this merging, the group acquired 15.1% of SAB Miller, becoming the second-largest shareholder of the second-largest beer company in the world (behind Anheuser-Busch InBev).[6][7]

Portfolio[edit]

Personal life[edit]

He first married to Edyala Braga Brandão do Monte, a Brazilian socialite, and former wife of the whom he met in Paris; together they had one son, Julio Mario Santo Domingo Braga (1958–2009), but the marriage did not last long and they divorced shortly after. He remarried on 15 February 1975 to Colombian socialite Beatrice Dávila Rocha, and together they had two sons, Alejandro Santo Domingo Dávila (b. 1977) who has continued on in the family business and Andrés Santo Domingo Dávila (b. 1978) the co-founder and president of Kemado Records.

Santo Domingo owned homes in New York City, in Paris, and Barú, a Colombian island near Cartagena.

His first marriage was to Edyala Braga Brandão do Monte, an aristocratic Brazilian, with whom he had a son:

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