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Gustavo A. Cisneros

Gustavo A. Cisneros

Council Member

Chairman, Cisneros Group of Companies

Member Since: 2011

Current project(s): 

  • Where Does Your Water Come From?

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Gustavo A. Cisneros is currently the Chairman of the Cisneros Group of Companies, one of the largest privately held media, entertainment, telecommunications and consumer products organizations in the world. Additionally, Mr. Cisneros is the owner of Tropicalia, the Cisneros Group tourism real estate development in the Dominican Republic.

As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 1968, Gustavo Cisneros has dedicated himself to both the strategic development of the Cisneros Group and the overall advancement of the region. His leadership has helped to enhance Latin America’s profile on the global stage, cultivate new industries, increase access to information, and advance technological growth. He has done so in an effort to promote education, the principles of democracy and individual liberty.

Today, the Cisneros Group of Companies owns or holds interests in more than 30 companies that serve millions of customers in over 100 countries. Operations range from broadcast television, television production, and telecommunications to travel resorts. Through its diverse businesses and partnerships, Cisneros delivers some of the most recognized brands and highest quality services to the 550 million Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking consumers in the Americas and Europe. Some of the Cisneros Group of Companies’ key holdings include Venevisión, the leading television network in Venezuela; Venevision International, a global Spanish-language entertainment company; and Venevision Productions, a supplier of top-tier telenovelas for North American and world audiences.

Gustavo Cisneros sits on the board of directors of Barrick Gold Corporation and is a Senior Advisor for RRE Ventures LLC. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board and Compensation Committee of Barrick Gold Corporation.

In addition to his responsibilities related to the Cisneros Group, Gustavo Cisneros is a charter member of the United Nations Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Task Force. He holds positions on the Latin American Board at Georgetown University, the University Council at Rockefeller University, the Board of Overseers at Babson College, and the Advisory Committee for the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.

Mr. Cisneros also sits on the Chairman’s International Advisory Council of The Americas Society, the Board of Overseers of the International Center for Economic Growth, the Latin America Conservation Council of The Nature Conservancy, and the Chairman’s Council of The Museum of Modern Art. In addition, Mr. Cisneros has recently been appointed a member of Haiti’s Presidential Advisory Council on Economic Growth and Investment.

His previous affiliations include some of the world’s most prestigious organizations in the fields of business, education, and international affairs. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the All-American Bottling Corporation and as a board member of the Panama Canal Authority; Panamerican Beverages, Inc.; Pueblo International, LLC; the United Nations Association of the United States; Univision Communications; the World Economic Forum Board of Governors for the Media, Communications and Entertainment Industries; and The Queen Sofia Spanish Institute. Mr. Cisneros has also been a member of the Chase Manhattan Bank International Advisory Committee; the Executive Committee of DIRECTV; the Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, LLC Latin America Strategy Board of Directors; and the Power Corporation of Canada International Advisory Council.

With his wife, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Gustavo Cisneros established the Fundación Cisneros, a private nonprofit institution committed to improving education in Latin America while increasing international awareness of the region's contributions in the global cultural arena. The Fundación Cisneros works together with the Corporate Social Responsibility programs of the companies of the Cisneros Group to fortify communities, promote freedom of speech, encourage economic development, and foster cross-cultural understanding.

Gustavo Cisneros received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Babson College, in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

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