Francisco Jose Riberas Mera was born in Spain. Francisco Jose Riberas Mera' father, Francisco Riberas Pampliega, founded Corporacion Gestamp SL as a small steel trading company in 1958. Within 20 years, the company went on to become one of Spain's largest steel companies and diversified into auto parts in 1991. Francisco Jose started at the company in a junior management position in 1988 after getting degrees in Law and Business Administration. Today, the company, which he runs as CEO, is a massive steel and automotive parts conglomerate with $11 billion in sales and 96 factories spread around the globe, including six in China. He and his brother Juan Maria, who sits on the board of the company, inherited an equal 50% stake in the company after their father's death in 2010.