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Alicia Koplowitz

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Net worth 2018: $2.94 Billion
Industry: Investments
Residence: Madrid, Spain
Country: Spain
BirthDay: 12 September 1954
Sigh: Libra
Children: 3

Alicia Koplowitz was bornon 12 September 1954 in Madrid, Spain, Spain. Alicia Koplowitz is #820 in List Billionaires People In The World. Alicia Koplowitz inherited a stake in one of Spain's largest construction companies, Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, from her late father. In 1997 she sold her share to her older sister Esther, for $800 million. Back in the 1960s, Alicia married Alberto Cortina, six months after Esther had married Cortina's cousin, Alberto Alcocer. "Los Albertos," as the Spanish press called them, ran FCC until both marriages ended in 1989 and the sisters took over. Alicia had three sons with Cortina. After selling her FCC stake, she diversified her investments and has seen her fortune grow steadily. Over the years she's invested in steelmaker Acerinox, electric utility Iberdrola and Banco Sabadell. She also has a stake in Hospes, a chain of luxury hotels in Spain, and owns hotels in Italy and Miami, along with real estate in Washington, D.C. and Chicago. Through her charitable foundation she sends Spanish fellows to study child psychiatry in England and the U.S. at places like Columbia University's Medical Center.


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The same month De Cárdenas also won in the Spanish courts the marquisate of Almendares from another Cuban man, meanwhile in the previous month (February 2017), she gained the marquisate of Campo Florido from Koplowitz's niece, Alicia Alcocer-Koplowitz


She ranks as Spain's richest woman in Forbes 2013 World's Richest People list (#589 in the world)


In 2012, FCC had dropped to fifth largest in Spain while its competitor Grupo ACS (with the sisters' ex-husbands Alberto Cortina & Alberto Alcocer among its largest shareholders) is now the largest construction and services company in the world


In 2009 she was named an honorary member of the Spanish Society of Psychiatrists for her efforts to promote the study and development of child and adolescent psychiatry


Alicia Koplowitz also promoted, built and donated to the State the largest hospital in Europe specialized in multiple sclerosis in 2004 (Alicia Koplowitz Multiple Sclerosis Hospital)


Among her distinctions and awards, she was awarded the Gran Cruz de la Orden del Mérito Civil (May 2003), Chevalier de La Légion d'honneur of France (Knight of the Legion of Honour, of France), the prize for the recognition of her career from the State of Madrid in 2007 (Premio Persona Singular de la Comunidad de Madrid), the Gold Medal from the Spanish State in 2009 and the Gold Medal from the Red Cross in 2013


The first investment in funds of hedge funds was made in 1999


In 1998, Alicia created Omega Capital, a venture capital firm specializing in growth


She has created two foundations: Fundación Vida y Esperanza (in 1994), that helps children, adolescents and young adults with social, family and financial problems with housing, education and work


In 1992, CYCSA merged with 'Fomento de Obras y Construcciones, S


In 1990, the sisters returned to the board of CYCSA, filling the seats vacated by their husbands


The sisters gave up their board seats to their husbands and the "Albertos", as they were known, made the firm grow spectacularly from 1973 onwards and diversified acquiring real estate, Banco Zaragozano, and 47 percent of Catalonia construction firm Fomento de Obras y Construcciones SA (FOCSA)


In 1969, Alicia's sister Esther married Alberto Alcocer and six months later, Alicia married Alberto Alcocer's cousin Alberto Cortina, the son of Pedro Cortina Mauri, foreign minister during the Franco period and founder of the beer brand San Miguel


Her Cuban-born mother, Esther Romero de Juseu y Armenteros (died 1968), started a legal battle to obtained the Marquisate of El Real Socorro, which ended in 1971 with Koplowitz gaining the nobiliary title; her sister Esther obtained in court in 1988 the County of Peñalver


In 1962, her father died in a horse-riding accident and her mother enlisted Ramón Areces, a close friend of her father and the president of El Corte Inglés S


He slowly built the company, carefully cultivating relationships during the precarious Franco era, and when Spain experienced a construction boom in the early 1960s, the company flourished


Alicia was born in Madrid (Spain) in 1954, the second and youngest daughter (after Esther, born in 1953) of Ernesto Koplowitz Sternberg, a Jewish businessman from Upper Silesia (Germany) who settled down in Spain to escape the increasing German Nazi persecution in the early-1930s, and Esther Romero de Juseu y Armenteros, a Spanish aristocrat


Using his German language skills, her father first worked for the German electronics company AEG and then in 1952, borrowing funds from a German friend, purchased the construction company Construcciones y Reparaciones S


) Her parents married in 1950 in a Catholic ceremony

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