Pedro Cortina y Mauri

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Pedro Cortina y Mauri

Pedro Cortina y Mauri (born La Pobla de Segur, 18 March 1908 – Madrid, 14 February 1993) was a Spanish politician and diplomat who served as the last Minister of Foreign Affairs under Francisco Franco between 1970 and 1975 and the first one with democracy until 1980.[1] He had been Ambassador to France.[1] He is the father of the famous businessmen Alfonso and Alberto Cortina.[1] His wife died in 1976.

Professional life[edit]

Pedro Cortina y Mauri started his career as Doctor in Law at the University of The Hague and University of Madrid. He then joined the Spanish Government with Franco to help established the first relationships of the new government with France as Ambassador of Spain in Paris until 1970.

In 1970, he became the last Minister of Foreign Affairs with General Franco, positioned that he continued in when democracy arrived to Spain in 1975. He continued in this position until 1980. Among the key issues he did were the decolonisation of Mauritania by Spain negotiated together with the US and the decolonisation of Equatorial Guinea.

In 1957, he founded the famous Spanish beer San Miguel, Fábricas de Cerveza y Malta, SA where he was Chairman and CEO at the time of his death. San Miguel was then passed to his sons Alfonso and Alberto.


Among others he received the following recognitions:

  • Permanent Member of the Cabinet of Spain
  • Gran Cruz of King Carlos III
  • Gran Cruz of Queen Isabel La Catolica
  • Gran Cruz of San Raimundo de Peñafort
  • Gold Medal of the Spanish State
  • Gold Medal of the Spanish Army
  • Gold Medal of the Civil Merits
  • Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur


  1. ^ a b c "Necrológicas: Pedro Cortina Mauri, último ministro de Asuntos Exteriores del general Franco" (in Spanish). El País. 15 February 1993. Retrieved 10 November 2012.