Marcos Galperin

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Marcos Galperín
Marcos Galperin y Alec Oxenford.jpg
Marcos Galperin in 2009
Born (1971-10-31) October 31, 1971 (age 48)
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania (BS 1994)
Stanford University (MBA 1999)
OccupationChairman, President & CEO of
Known forCo-founder of
Net worthIncreaseUS$2.6 billion (December 2019)[1]

Marcos Galperín (born October 31, 1971) is an Argentine businessman, who is best known as the co‑founder, Chairman, President and CEO of

Personal life[edit]

Marcos Saul Galperín was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to a wealthy family, owners of SADESA, one of the largest leather companies in the world. He attended Saint Andrew's Scots School in Olivos. In 1990, after graduating from high school, he traveled to the United States to study finance at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. There, he became friends with José Estenssoro, YPF president's son. In 1994, he joined this company when he finished college and returned to Argentina.

In 1997, he returned to the United States and he enrolled at Stanford Graduate School of Business and in 1999 he earned his M.B.A.


Marcos began the company while still in business school at Stanford University. Finance professor Jack McDonald had been helping Marcos to contact potential investors and asked John Muse, an invited speaker and co-founder of the Hicks Muse private equity fund, if Marcos could drive him to his private plane. Before boarding his plane, Muse expressed his desire to have his fund invest in the idea and soon thereafter the company started. MercadoLibre received funding from JPMorgan Partners, Flatiron Partners, Hicks Muse Tate and Furst, Goldman Sachs, GE Capital and Banco Santander Central Hispano. In September 2001 eBay acquired 19.5% of MercadoLibre in exchange for eBay's recently acquired Brazilian subsidiary of In this transaction, MercadoLibre also became eBay's exclusive partner for the Latin American region.

He is considered one of Argentina's top internet entrepreneurs. As result of this he received a Konex Award in 2008 and a Platinum Konex Award in 2018 as the most important businessmen of the last decade in Argentina.[3] In 1999, he was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur and currently serves its Argentina's Board of Directors. Endeavor (non-profit) is a global non-profit that selects and supports high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors at Onapsis, the leading global experts in business-critical application security, and is also an investor at COR, an intelligent project management tool that predicts and tracks profitability in real time. [4] [5] [6]

In addition to his duties at MercadoLibre, Mr. Galperín also sits on the board of directors at Globant[7]


  1. ^ "Marcos Galperin". Forbes.
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  3. ^ "Marcos Galperin - Platinum Konex Award".
  4. ^ "Marcos Galperin, CEO of MercadoLibre, Joins Onapsis Board of Directors". Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  5. ^ "MercadoLibre's Marcos Galperin Joins Board of Argentina Entrepreneur Company Onapsis - Endeavor". Endeavor. 2014-11-18. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-07. Retrieved 2014-12-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Globant Board of Directors".

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