Juan Abelló

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Juan Abelló
Juan Abelló Gallo

1941 (age 78–79)
Madrid, Spain
EducationComplutense University of Madrid
Colegio del Pilar
Net worthUS$2.6 billion (March 2018)[1]
Spouse(s)Ana Isabel Gamazo y Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Juan de Flandes, The Baptism of Christ, c. 1496-1499. Oil on panel. Part of the Abelló collection.

Juan Abelló Gallo (born 1941) is a Spanish billionaire businessman and art collector. In March 2018, Forbes estimated his wealth at $2.6 billion.[1]

Early life[edit]

Juan Abelló was born in 1941,[2] in Madrid,[3] the son of a pharmacist father, Juan Abello Pascual.[4] He has a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the Complutense University of Madrid (1963),[5] and a doctorate in pharmacy (1978)[5] from Madrid's Colegio del Pilar.[6] He is a member of Spain's Royal Academy of Pharmacy.[5]


Abelló inherited Abello Laboratories, which was founded by his pharmacist father, Juan Abello Pascual, in 1925. In 1993, it merged with its largest competitor, ALK, to form ALK-Abelló.[7]

He owns 9.6% of the Spanish construction company Sacyr Vallehermoso.[citation needed]

Art collector[edit]

Abelló owns about 500 works of art, including pieces by Francisco Goya, El Greco, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, Salvador Dali, and Vincent van Gogh.[1][8]

Abello owns one of the last large triptychs painted by Francis Bacon, Triptych 1983 (1983), and a small triptych by Bacon, Three Studies for a Portrait of Peter Beard (1975).[9][10] Abello is the only Spanish art collector to own multiple pieces by Bacon.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Abelló is married to Ana Isabel Gamazo y Hohenlohe-Langenburg[8], grand-daughter of Prince Max Egon of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. They have four children.[1] Abelló enjoys hunting and watching bullfighting.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Forbes profile: Juan Abello". Forbes. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.sacyr.com/es_en/images/goberning_bodies_tcm30-9718.pdf
  3. ^ "First exhibition in U.S. of paintings from Juan Abelló Collection ends Aug. 2 - SMU". www.smu.edu. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  4. ^ "El multimillonario Juan Abelló logra beneficios récord con el monopolio del opio en España". eldiario.es. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b c interbanner.com. "Torreal". www.torreal.com. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Juan Abelló Gallo. A3". www.elmundo.es. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  7. ^ "ALK's History". ALK-Abelló. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  8. ^ a b Kassam, Ashifa (5 November 2014). "One of world's best private collections gets public airing in Madrid gallery". the Guardian. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Triptych, 1983, exhibited in Dallas' Meadow Museum's 50th Anniversary celebrations". Francis Bacon.com. Archived from the original on May 25, 2015. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  10. ^ "The Abelló Collection: A Modern Taste for European Masters". Meadows Museum. Retrieved May 22, 2015.