Luis Carlos Sarmiento
Colombia's richest man controls more than a quarter of the country's financial industry through the four lenders that form Grupo Aval. His investment bank, Corficolombiana, owns stakes in infrastructure, agribusiness, energy and tourism ventures. He also builds commercial and residential real estate via Construcciones Planificadas.
Billionaire Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo’s plan to pump capital into Banco de Bogota SA is helping to stave off a credit downgrade after Colombia’s second-biggest lender agreed to pay $901 million for two takeovers in a month.
Bloomberg Markets’ inaugural list of the world’s richest people showcases the billionaires who pull the levers on the global economy. Their net worth totals $2.7 trillion, about the size of the gross domestic product of France, the fifth-biggest economy on the planet.
Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores SA, the Colombian banking group controlled by billionaire Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo, may start selling 2.4 trillion pesos ($1.2 billion) worth of shares as soon as next week.
The last time Javier Diaz saw his father was when he was 14 and Colombian paramilitaries accused the elder Diaz of supporting guerrillas. That was equal to a death threat at the height of Colombia’s now five-decades-long internal war.
The world’s wealthiest people lost a combined $1.5 billion this week as concerns about Greece’s potential exit from the euro area and Spain’s finances pushed the euro below $1.25 for the first time since July 2010.
Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores SA, the Colombian banking group controlled by billionaire Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo, tumbled the most on the country’s benchmark index after announcing a plan to sell shares in the U.S.