Alejandro Bulgheroni

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Alejandro Bulgheroni
Born
Alejandro Pedro Bulgheroni

(1943-10-24) 24 October 1943 (age 78)[1]
NationalityArgentine
EducationUniversity of Buenos Aires
OccupationBusinessman
TitleVice president, Bridas
RelativesCarlos Bulgheroni (brother)

Alejandro Pedro Bulgheroni (born 24 October 1943) is an Argentine billionaire businessman in the oil and gas sector. Following his education at the University of Buenos Aires, he joined his father's company, the Bridas Corporation, founded by the Bulgheroni family in 1948. Following expansion by the company, half of it was sold to the Chinese state-run CNOOC Group in 2010. Bulgheroni currently resides in Manantiales, Uruguay. According to Forbes, he is Uruguay's only Billionaire.

Early life[edit]

Alejandro Bulgheroni was born in Rufino, Santa Fe Province, to a Spanish mother and an Italian father, also called Alejandro Bulgheroni.[3] He was educated at the University of Buenos Aires, from where he obtained a degree in Industrial Engineering.[4] His younger brother was Carlos Bulgheroni (1945–2016).[2]

Career[edit]

Bulgheroni joined his father Alejandro in the Bridas Corporation, in 1965 when he was 22 years old.[5] Bridas founded by the Bulgheroni family in 1948 and by the 1970s one of the largest private firms in the Argentine energy sector. The senior Bulgheroni died in 1985 and left a controlling stake in the firm to Alejandro and his younger brother Carlos.

Bulgheroni obtained, in 1992, some of the first gas exploration concessions granted in Turkmenistan to a foreign energy company.[6] He was further involved during 1997 in negotiations between Bridas and the ruling Taliban faction in Afghanistan to build the Trans-Afghanistan Gas Pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan.[7] These negotiations were in competition with those undertaken by Unocal,[8] and although an agreement with Unocal-led corporation CentGas was reached, the deal was forfeited in January 1998 in favor of one with Bridas.[9] Instability in Afghanistan delayed construction of the pipeline, however, and following the United States Invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, the Bridas contract was rescinded in favor of the former one with Unocal. In 2006, Bulgheroni indicated interest in Bridas' involvement with the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline project, which continued to be hampered by the ongoing chaos in the Central Asian nation.[10]

In 2010, Bulgheroni sold 50 percent of Bridas to the Chinese state-run CNOOC Group, which was followed by the acquisition of Axion Energy Argentina in 2012, along with ExxonMobil’s crude-oil refineries and fuel and lubricants trading assets in Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay.[11]

Personal life[edit]

He resides in Manantiales, Uruguay. According to Forbes, he is Uruguay's only billionaire.

In 2016, his brother Carlos died of cancer at the age of 71.[12]

As of October 2019, Forbes estimates his net worth to be $2.9 billion, making him the 831st richest man in the world.[13]

Bulgheroni also possesses several vinyards around the world, despite the fact that he stopped drinking upon marrying his wife Bettina.[5] One of his vineyards, Bodega Garzón, won the New World Winery of The Year for 2018 by the magazine, Wine Enthusiast.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Financial Times Who's who in World Oil and Gas. Longman Group Limited. 1981. p. 60. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Ranking Forbes Argentina 2020". Forbes. Retrieved 12 August 2020.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Carlos Bulgheroni - the intrepid entrepreneur". Blue Chip. Archived from the original on 2010-11-10.
  4. ^ "Alejandro Pedro Bulgheroni". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Alejandro Bulgheroni, Bridas Corp: dash for gas not retirement". Financial Times.
  6. ^ "Carlos Bulgheroni - the intrepid entrepreneur". Blue Chip. Archived from the original on 2010-11-10.
  7. ^ Clarín (11/8/2005) (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Taleban in Texas for talks on gas pipeline (12/4/1997)
  9. ^ "BBC: Taleban says it's ready to sign Turkmen pipeline deal (1/4/1998)". Archived from the original on 2002-12-30. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  10. ^ "Environment News Service: Afghanistan's New Pipeline Deal May Be Just Another Pipe Dream (4/17/2006)". Archived from the original on 2006-11-14. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  11. ^ "ALEJANDRO BULGHERONI". Business Jet Traveler. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Argentina's richest man, Carlos Bulgheroni, dead at 71". Business Insider. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Alejandro Bulgheroni". Forbes. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  14. ^ "The Pride of Uruguay: Bodega Garzón". Retrieved 2020-09-05.