Alejandro Santo Domingo Davila, 35, became the face of his father's Santo Domingo Group after 87-year-old Julio Mario Santo Domingo Pumarejo died in October 2011.
A Harvard history grad, Alejandro is the eldest son from the jet-setting beer magnate's second marriage. In 2005, Julio Mario swapped control of his Bavaria brewery for 15% of SABMiller. The Santo Domingo Group reduced its holdings to 14.2%, a stake now worth $9 billion. Other assets, owned via publicly traded Valorem S.A., include a controlling interest in Colombia's biggest TV broadcaster Caracol, shares in packaging maker Biofilm and forestry outfit Refocosta.
Born into a rich family with interests in breweries, Julio Santo Domingo took over management of its holdings in 1972 after his father retired.
Now Alejandro, a managing director at Quadrant Capital Advisors, a New York-based investment advisory firm, is filling the role he has been groomed for over many years. He also sits on the board of Valorem, and, since 2009, the board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The family owns a private island, Baru, off the Caribbean coast of Colombia.
Alejandro's younger brother Andres appears in U.S. gossip columns with socialite wife, Vogue magazine editor Lauren Davis. Julio Mario Jr., half-brother to Alejandro and Andres from their father's first marriage, died in 2009 in New York, reportedly from cancer. Julio Mario's widow, Beatrice Davila Rocha, is also understood to share in the inheritance.