Alberto Cortina

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Alberto Cortina
Born Alberto Cortina de Alcocer
(1946-01-20) January 20, 1946 (age 71)
Madrid, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Occupation Businessperson; Businessman
Net worth IncreaseUS$1.4 billion (2016)[1]
Spouse(s) Alicia Koplowitz (1969-1990, divorced)
Elena Cue
Children Alberto Cortina Koplowitz, Marquis del Real Socorro;
Pedro Cortina Koplowitz;
Pelayo Cortina Koplowitz, Count of San Fernando;
Alejandra Cortina Cue
Parent(s) Pedro Cortina y Mauri, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain
Maria Luisa de Alcocer (daughter of Marques de Alcocer, Mayor of Madrid Alberto Alcocer y Ribacoba
Relatives Alfonso Cortina (brother)

Alberto Cortina de Alcocer (born January 20, 1947, in Madrid, Spain) is a Spanish businessman. Through his holding Percacer, he is co-owner, with his cousin Alberto Alcocer, of Alcor Holding, the owner of 12.5% of Grupo ACS, the biggest construction company in the world by sales with 2014 revenues of USD 50b, and of 21% of Ence, the largest paper pulp and biomass energy company in Europe. He has appeared several years in Forbes List of Billionaires with USD 1.4.


Cortina studied Law at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. His life has run parallel to that of his cousin Alberto Alcocer. In Spain both cousins are commonly referred to as "The Albertos", as they both married two sisters and ran their wives business empire for 20 years.

In 1969 he married Alicia Koplowitz. After that, he and his cousin started working for Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, the company founded by Alicia's father. By the year 1976 he became CEO of the company.

Driven by the talent of Cortina and Alcocer, and through a never before tried diversification from its core building business into other sectors, the company grew greatly in value over a period of 18 years. This growth was accomplished in spite of the Spanish crisis that took place between the years of 1973 and 1985. The company that was having a turnover of 1,000 million pesetas when Alberto joined it, became a diversified group of over 30 companies, with a total turnover of close to 300,000 million pesetas and a valuation of USD 3b.

In 1978, both Albertos acquired 5% of Banco de Fomento, belonging to Banco Central. Three years later, they acquire a significant stake in Portland Valderrivas, a cement company owned by Banesto, on which they placed Alberto Cortina's brother, Alfonso Cortina, as head of the company.

In 1982 they acquired Banco Zaragozano. Later, in 1988, together with KIO Group they created Cartera Central which had a significant stake in Banco Central and two seats on its Board of Directors. They tried to take over the bank Banco Central but were blocked in their attempt by the Government due to anti-monopoly rules. Banco Zaragozano was valued in USD 15m at acquisition and they sold it for over USD 2b to Barclay's Bank in 2003.

In 1997, Alberto sold his brewing business San Miguel that he and his brother had inherited from their father to the consortium of Danone and Mahou.

In 1998, both "Albertos" took at a controlling stake in ACS Group, today's largest construction and services group by revenues, with sales of EUR €40b worldwide in 2015. Among its subsidiaries are the German construction company Hochtief, Australian conglomerate CIMIC Group, Spanish construction company Dragados, Spanish electrical engineering Cobra and waste management company Urbaser. The Executive Chairman of ACS, Florentino Perez is also the Chairman of Real Madrid Football Club.

In 2000 he married Elena Cué with whom he had a daughter in 2006.[2][3]

In 2010 Forbes Magazine included Alberto Cortina in their billionaires list ranking as the 828th wealthiest man in the world.

In June 2015 Banque de Dakar starts to provide financial services at its headquarters in the capital of Senegal and providing banking services at a Pan African level focusing in the UEMOA region.[4] The bank is controlled by the BDK Financial Group led by Cortina along with various relevant shareholders. In February 2016 Alfredo Sáenz Abad is appointed president of the bank and in March he acquires 5% of BDK's shares.[5][6]

Business titles[edit]

Alberto Cortina has held the following titles:

  • Executive Chairman of Banco Zaragozano, S.A.
  • Board of Directors of A.C. Hoteles
  • Chairman of Electronic Trading System, S.A.
  • Board of Directors of Dragados
  • Board of Directors and member of the Executive Committee of Telefónica
  • Board of Directors of Telefónica Internacional (TISA)
  • Board of Directors and member of the Executive Committee of TPI, S.A.
  • Board of Directors and member of the Executive Committee of Terra Networks
  • Board of Directors of Telefónica Argentina y Cointel, S.A.
  • Board of Directors of Autopista Vasco-Aragonesa, C.E.S.A.
  • CEO of Construcciones y Contratas, S.A. from 1971 to 1989
  • Board of Directors and member of the Executive Committee of Banco Central
  • Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors and member of the Executive Committee of Banco Español de Crédito
  • Board of Directors and member of the Executive Committee of Portland Valderrivas, S.A. from 1986 to 1992
  • Board of Directors and member of the Executive Committee of NH Hoteles, S.A. from 1989 to 1993
  • Board of Directors and member of the Executive Committee of Corporación Financiera Reunida, S.A. (COFIR) from 1987 to 1992


  1. ^ Alberto Cortina profile. Retrieved April 2016.
  2. ^ "Matrimonio religioso de ALBERTO CORTINA Y ELENA CUE en su finca de "Las Cuevas"" (in Spanish). ¡Hola!. 10 June 2000. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Elena Cué y Alberto Cortina padres de su primera hija" (in Spanish). ¡Hola!. 3 March 2006. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Alberto Cortina apuesta por el sector financiero africano" (in Spanish). El País. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Veloso, Moncho (16 February 2016). "Alfredo Sáenz, nuevo presidente del banco africano de Alberto Cortina" (in Spanish). ABC. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Navás, José Antonio (8 March 2016). "Sáenz adquiere un 5% del 'holding' africano de Alberto Cortina y Alejandro Betancourt" (in Spanish). El Confidencial. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 

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