José Gómez-Mena

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José Gómez-Mena
José Genaro Ramon Gómez-Mena Vila

OccupationSugar baron, Minister of Agriculture
ChildrenLillian Rosa Gomez-Mena
Parent(s)Andrés Gómez-Mena
Eugenia Carlota Tomasa Vila-Perez
RelativesAlfonso Fanjul Sr. (son-in-law)

José "Pepe" Genaro Ramon Gómez-Mena Vila (1883 – 1960) was a Cuban sugar baron, and Minister of Agriculture during the Miguel Mariano Gomez government (May 20, 1936 - December 24, 1936).

Early life[edit]

He was born in 1883,[1] the son of Andrés Gómez-Mena, who came to Cuba from Spain, and Eugenia Carlota Tomasa Vila-Perez.[2]


His family owned the New Gomez-Mena Sugar Company.[3][4]

In the 1920s, he had built the Gomez-Mena mansion in Havana, which was bequeathed to his widowed sister María Luisa Gómez-Mena Vila, the Condesa de Revilla de Camargo.[2] The Castro regime seized the Gomez-Mena mansion, and leaving its art and furnishings intact (some 33,000 antiques), renamed it the National Museum of Decorative Arts.[5][2]

He was Minister of Agriculture during the Miguel Mariano Gomez government (May 20, 1936 - December 24, 1936).[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 1936, his daughter, Lillian Rosa Gomez-Mena (1918-1992), married Alfonso Fanjul Sr., which united two of the country's leading sugar fortunes, and created a combined business of ten sugar mills, three distilleries, and Cuban-wide real estate holdings.[4][3][5]

On 8 January 1939, he married Elizarda.[7] A pre-nuptial agreement was signed in December 1937.[7]

He died in 1960, and is buried in Hillcrest Memorial Park, West Palm Beach, Florida.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Jose "Pepe" Gomez-Mena". Find A Grave. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Boobbyer, Claire (12 March 2013). "A spotlight on Havana's art deco heritage – in pictures". the Guardian. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Alfonso Fanjul Sr". Palm Beach County History Online. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b Gail M. Hollander (15 November 2009). Raising Cane in the 'Glades: The Global Sugar Trade and the Transformation of Florida. University of Chicago Press. p. 282. ISBN 978-0-226-34948-0. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  5. ^ a b "The Castro Collection". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  6. ^ "Jose Gomez-Mena Vila".
  7. ^ a b Vanity Fair. Condé Nast Publications. April 2001.