Jaime Gilinski Bacal

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Jaime Gilinski Bacal (14 December 1957) is a Colombian banker, real estate developer, and philanthropist. Gilinski currently resides in London.

According to Forbes, he is the second richest person in Colombia and 431th in the world with a net worth of US $4.1 Billion as of May, 2016.[1]


Gilinski earned his BS in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1978, and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1980.


In the 1990s Gilinski acquired the Colombian assets of BCCI (Bank of Credit and Commerce International) for a nominal sum after its global collapse. Renamed Banco Andino, it became one of the most efficient banks in the Colombian banking system within 4 years. The Gilinski Group sold the reconstituted bank for a reported US$70 million.[2]

The family then moved to purchase Banco de Colombia for US $365 Million, in what was then the largest privatization in Colombia's history. A group of premier private equity investors led by Morgan Stanley Asset Management investing US$65 million, billionaire investor George Soros investing US$50 Million and Tiger Asset Management with US$35 million together with more than 100 other European and North American institutional investors co-invested with Gilinski. Later, the family sold control of the bank to Banco Industrial Colombiano, and its controlling stakeholder Sindicato Antioqueño, in a deal valued at US$800 Million — a transaction that ranks among Colombia’s largest.[3] Gilinski received US$418 Million for its stake and retained a minority position in the new bank as part of the deal. As of 2011, Bancolombia was the largest bank in Colombia with a market capitalization of US $13 Billion in the NYSE.[4]

In 2003, Gilinski acquired and subsequently merged Banco Sudameris and Banco Tequendema. This merger created GNB Sudameris, a bank with assets of over US $6 billion that ranks among the top 10 largest banks in Colombia. The purchase of Servibanca, an ATM network with over 2,000 machines, and Suma Valores, a stock exchange commission agent company, has further expanded the network.[4]

On May 11, 2012, HSBC Holdings Plc announced the sale of its Latin American operations (Colombia, Peru, Paraguay, and Uruguay) to Banco GNB Sudameris for US $400 million in cash. HSBC has 62 branches in the four Latin American countries it is leaving - 24 in Peru, 20 in Colombia, 11 in Uruguay and seven in Paraguay. Following the purchase, GNB Sudameris will have consolidated assets of US $11 Billion.

On September 10, 2013, Banco Sabadell announced that Jaime Gilinski became its largest shareholder as the anchor investor in a US $1.8 billion capital raise. Through the ABB and share rights issue, Mr. Gilinski s investment totals approximately US $500 million. Banco Sabadell is the 5th largest bank in Spain, with over US $220 billion in assets and a 13% market share.

The Gilinski group also owns Yupi, a well-known snack food company in Latin America, and exports to nine countries. Yupi has a 30% market share in the Colombian snack food products segment, second only behind Frito Lay. Gilinski Group also owns Rimax Plastics, which was founded by his father Isaac Gilinski.[5]

Real estate[edit]

In partnership with London & Regional Properties, Jaime Gilinski is developing the Panama Pacifico[6] business and residential development in Panama City, Panama. Jaime Gilinski and his partners Ian and Richard Livingstone beat 16 other international firms in a competition to develop the project. The US $700 million project, based on the former Howard Air Force Base in Panama, includes 2,750 acres (11.1 km2) of land, which makes it one of the largest development projects in the world.


In the 1990s, the Gilinskis contributed US$8 million to the Fundacion Santa Fe. This was during Jaime Gilinski’s time as chairman of Banco de Colombia.[7] La Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá supports Santa Fe Hospital in Bogotá. Founded in 1972, this hospital is recognized as Colombia’s most technologically advanced.[8]

Gilinski is the Chair of Capital Projects for The Chabad House at Harvard University.[9] The Chabad House at Harvard is a Jewish student organization that provides educational, social, and recreational programming for students and faculty.[10] Through the Jaime and Raquel Gilinski Endowment, Gilinski supports the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.[11]

Jaime and Raquel Gilinski have also established the Jaime and Raquel Gilinski Fellowship at Harvard Business School, awarded to deserving MBA students from Colombia and Panama, with a secondary preference for students from other Latin American countries including Chile, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.[12]


  1. ^ "The World's Billionaires". Forbes.com. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  2. ^ "El regreso de los Gilinski". Semana.com. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  3. ^ "Big Bank in Colombia Is Purchasing a Rival". New York Times. 1997-08-26. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  4. ^ a b "Banking in Colombia". Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  5. ^ "El Sueno de crecer". Semana.com. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  6. ^ "Construction commences in Howard". Canal 13 - Telemetro.com. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  7. ^ "Benefactores". Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  8. ^ "Conozca la Historia de la Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá". Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota. Retrieved 2013-03-09. 
  9. ^ "Harvard Chabad Dedicates New Home". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  10. ^ "Vision & Values". The Chabad House at Harvard. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  11. ^ "Other Latinos Program". Harvard University. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  12. ^ "Recent Fellowships List". Harvard Business School. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 

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