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 , Colombia’s biggest financial holding company, will seek to raise $500 million to $1 billion by listing shares in New York and may use the funds to buy banks in Central America and the Caribbean, Chief Executive Officer Luis Carlos Sarmiento Gutierrez said.
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.
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.
Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores SA Chairman Luis Carlos Sarmiento bought a 55 percent stake in Colombian media group Casa Editorial El Tiempo SA from Grupo Planeta SA, according to an e-mailed statement sent late yesterday.