Manuel Prado y Colón de Carvajal
Manuel Prado y Colón de Carvajal (1931 - 5 December 2009) was a Spanish diplomat, businessman and politician. He served as an administrator for King Juan Carlos I of Spain for more than twenty years.
Colon, the son of a Chilean diplomat, was born in Quito, Ecuador, in 1931. A businessman by profession, Colon worked in the automobile, telecommunications and financial industries. He was chairman of Iberia Airlines from 1976 until 1978. He also sat on the boards of directors of both Infeisa and WWF/Adena at various times during his career.
Colon was sentenced to two years in prison in 2004 in Sevilla, but was granted an early release two months later due to humanitarian reasons. However, in 2007 the Supreme Court of Spain sentenced Colon to one year in prison for diverting funds to the Torras Group. He was given an additional three months sentence in February 2008 in the Grand Tibidabo case.
Manuel Prado y Colón de Carvajal died of cancer at his home in Sevilla, Spain, on 5 December 2009, at the age of 78. He was survived by his second wife, Celia García Corona, and his children. His son, Borja Prado, is the chairman of the Endesa power company as of 2009.
- "Manuel Prado y Colón de Carvajal has died at home in Sevilla". Typically Spanish. 2009-12-05. Archived from the original on 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2009-12-30.