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Latin America’s Family Offices – The List

Latin America has a strong and widespread family business culture and a few of the most successful owners of these businesses have set up family offices. 

Although most of them are based in the countries they made their fortunes, some have moved their family offices abroad, with the US, Switzerland, and Luxembourg being the preferred locations. They often do this for security reasons, with the fear of kidnapping or worse often the motivation.

Security concerns play a big factor in the lack of transparency in the family office sector in the region. Although we have listed a number of Mexican family investment and holding groups, Family Capital came across family offices there where it was impossible to track down the owners. They weren’t included. And we believe there are many more across the region which are completely unknown except for their owners and a few close associates. 

As in Asia and the Middle East, Latin American family businesses are often intertwined in holding groups that also double up as investment groups. The most prominent example of this is Carlos Slim’s Grupo Carso. 

Brazil and Chile each have the largest number of family offices on the list. The big number of Chilean family offices is largely down to greater transparency there compared with the other major economies in the region. There is also more of a culture among the country’s family business community to set up investment offices.

Interestingly, Mexico’s family office community is mostly based in the northern city of Monterrey, not the capital, Mexico City. Brazil’s family offices are mainly based in São Paulo and the Chilean ones are mostly in Santiago.

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wdt_ID Name of Family Investment and Holding Group Family/Owner Family/Owner(s) Based Family Office Based Country
1 3G Capital Sicupira/Lemann/Telles/Motta Brazil New York City US
2 Arzentia Capital Sebastian Odriozola Mexico Monterray Mexico
3 Bancard International Investment Piñera Chile Santiago Chile
4 Beamonte México Holdings/Beamonte Capital Luis Felipe Treviño Mexico Monterray/Boston US/Mexico
5 Cambuhy Investimentos Moreira Salles Brazil São Paulo Brazil
6 Costanera Swett Chile Santiago Chile
7 Drake Enterprises Nicolás Ibáñez Scott Chile Zug Switzerland
8 El Coigüe Casanueva Chile Santiago Chile
9 EMC2 Fund/Benslie Weinstein Chile (originally) Nassau The Bahamas
10 GranInvestimentos Gradin Brazil São Paulo Brazil
Name of Family Investment and Holding Group Family/Owner Family/Owner(s) Based Family Office Based Country

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