Alexandre Soares dos Santos

About Alexandre Soares dos Santos

Birth Place: Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal

Alexandre Soares dos Santos Net Worth

Alexandre Soares dos Santos was born in Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal. After 45 years as chairman of Portuguese food retailer Jeronimo Martins, Alexandre Soares dos Santos stepped down in 2013, passing the leadership of the publicly-traded company to his son Pedro. The 13.7 billion euro in revenue business operates the Pingo Doce and Recheio chains in Portugal, the Biedronka chain in Poland and 142 Ara locations Colombia. Jeronimo Martins traces its roots to 1792; the dos Santos family has controlled it since 1921. Alexandre took over the business from his father and Pedro is the fourth generation of family to run the business. Now CEO, Pedro started at Jeronimo Martins at age 23 and has moved up the ranks over the last 30 years.
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💰Alexandre Soares dos Santos Net worth: $3.3 Billion

2011 $2.3 Billion
2012 $2.5 Billion
2013 $3 Billion
2014 $2.8 Billion
2015 $1.8 Billion
2016 $2.1 Billion
2017 $2.7 Billion
2018 $3.3 Billion

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Soares dos Santos is married to Maria Teresa Canas Mendes da Silveira e Castro since 1957. They have seven children, two of whom are already in bodies of corporate management. They also have 18 grandchildren (2012).


After he graduated from the Colégio Almeida Garrett in his hometown of Porto, he studied law at the University of Lisbon, which he broke off. Soares dos Santos then worked for the Unilever Group where he came to Ireland and Germany. After he became marketing Director in Brasil in 1968. In 1969 his Father died, founder of the Jerónimo Martins Group. As a member of the Board of Director of his father's company he returned to Portugal. The group came largely intact through the economic turmoil after the Carnation Revolution in 1974. The Business operates the Pingo Doce and Recheio chains in Portugal. It traces its roots to 1792, and the dos Santos family has controlled it since 1921.


The late 1980s, he brought the company to the stock exchange, acquired several other companies in the food industry (including Iglo and Feira Nova), and expanded to the UK, the Netherlands and especially to Poland, where Jerónimo Martins created its local brand Biedronka with over 2000 stores, today market leader in the food trade in Poland. After leading the Portuguese food retailer Jeronimo Martins for 45 years he stepped down in November 2013.


In 2009 Soares dos Santos founded the Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos, named after his Father, which dedicates itself to equal opportunities, democracy and the civil society in Portugal. He was awarded the Order of Infante Dom Henrique in Grand Cross rank, of the Order of Merit in the Grand Cross rank and the Order of Entrepreneurial Merit.