Andrónico Luksic Abaroa

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Andrónico Luksic Abaroa
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Born5 November 1926 (1926-11-05)
Died18 August 2005 (aged 78)
Net worthIncrease US$ 15.7 billion (est.)
(Forbes, March 2005)[1]
Spouse(s)Ena Craig (m. 19xx–1959, her death)
Iris Fontbona (m. 1961–2005, his death)[2]
ChildrenAndrónico Luksic Craig
Guillermo Luksic Craig
Paola Luksic Fontbona
Gabriela Luksic Fontbona
Jean-Paul Luksic Fontbona[3][4]

Antonio Andrónico Luksic Abaroa (5 November 1926 – 18 August 2005) was a Chilean businessman of Croatian and Bolivian origin. He founded the Luksic Group, becoming the richest person in Chile, the fourth in Latin America, and the 132nd in the world, with a net worth in 2005 of US$4.2 billion according to Forbes magazine.[1] The Luksic Group has interests in the mining, financial, industrial, and beverages sectors. Major holdings include, or have included, Banco de Chile, Compañia de Cervecerias Unidas (CCU), and Antofagasta Plc, a UK-listed copper mining company. In Croatia, he was involved in the tourist industry.[clarification needed]

In September 2002, the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio published an interview with Andrónico Luksic titled "Don Andrónico cuenta su historia" (Don Andrónico shares his story),[5] in which he explains how, after a life of hard work, he had decided to retire and "dedicate himself to what he liked the most: his family, his beloved Croatia and social assistance".[citation needed]


Luksic was born in Antofagasta, to a Bolivian mother, Elena Abaroa Córdova (grandchild of Bolivian War of the Pacific hero Eduardo Abaroa), and a Croatian immigrant father, Policarpo, who had arrived in Chile from the Adriatic island of Brač in 1910 and had made a living in the nitrate industry.[citation needed]

Luksic married Ena Craig and they had two sons: Andrónico (born 16 April 1954[6]) and Guillermo (born 14 January 1956[6] and died in 2013). Luksic was widowed when Ena died in 1959. He married Iris Fontbona in 1961, when she was 18 years old.[2] They had two daughters: Paola (born 1961/1962) and Gabriela (born 1962/1963), and one son: Jean-Paul Luksic Fontbona (born 31 May 1964).[6])[3][4]


Antonio Andrónico Luksic Abaroa died of cancer on 18 August 2005, aged 78.[where?][3][4] As of 2011, his widow Iris Fontbona and their family had a net worth of US$19.2 billion.[7] As of October 2012 the Bloomberg Billionaires Index lists Iris Fontbona, who lives in Santiago[8] as the 33rd richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $19.7 billion.[9] The Forbes 2016 lists Iris Fontbona Chile's richest person with a $13.8 billion mining assets fortune (or a $15.5 billion total fortune she shares with the rest of her immediate family), making her the fourth-richest in the region. Her net worth is equivalent to 6% of Chile's GDP.[10]


  1. ^ a b "The World's Billionaires (2005): #132 Andronico Luksic & family". Forbes. 9 March 2005. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Cómo se gestó el millonario aporte de Iris Fontbona, viuda de Luksic, en la Teletón". La Segunda (in Spanish). 6 December 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Obituary: Andronico Luksic". The Daily Telegraph. 3 September 2005. Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
  4. ^ a b c "Andrónico Luksic, 78, Magnate in Chile, Dies". The New York Times. 29 August 2005. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
  5. ^ "La entrevista que Andrónico Luksic Abaroa dio a El Mercurio". El Mercurio. 19 August 2005. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Los hijos hombres de Andrónico Luksic Abaroa" [The male children of Andrónico Luksic Abaroa]. El Mercurio (in Spanish). 20 August 2005. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
  7. ^ "The World's Billionaires (2011): #26 Iris Fontbona & family". Forbes. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  8. ^ "Iris Fontbona". Forbes. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Bloomberg Billionaires Index". Bloomberg LP. Archived from the original on 2012-12-14. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  10. ^ "Forbes 2016 World's Billionaires: Meet The Richest People in Chile". The Santiago Times. 8 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2019.

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