Hortensia Herrero Chacón (born 20 May 1950) is a Spanish billionaire businesswoman, and owner of 28% of Mercadona, a Spanish supermarket chain. As of April 2017, Forbes estimates her net worth at US$2.8 billion.
She was born in Valencia on 20 May 1950, and has a degree in Economics from the University of Valencia.
Since 1990, Herrero has, along with her husband, 80% of the shares of Mercadona, and is a vice-president of the company.
Herrero began her philanthropic and patronage work by creating the Hortensia Herrero Foundation based in Valencia. The Foundation aims to recover, develop and share the historical and cultural sensibility of the Comunitat Valenciana. Its main activities have been related to the recovery of artistic heritage and, in addition, it has launched projects related to the world of dance, ballet, music and art.
Some of its main actions regarding the recovery of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Comunitat Valencia have been:
- San Nicolás Church.
- The College of High Silk Art.
- Santa Lucía Hermitage.
- Image and Niche of the Virgen de los Desamparados.
The Foundation also collaborates with different projects to support and promote culture, such as the alliance with the Faculty of Fine Arts and the Master’s Degree in Audiovisual and Multimedia Productions, and also supports the initiative ‘Open Valencia’, promoted by the Association of Contemporary Art Gallery of Valencia, etc.
The Foundation has developed the celebration of the charity gala Valencia Danza / Somos Arte since 2014.
|Born||20 May 1950
|Known for||Major shareholder of Mercadona|
|Net worth||US$2.80 billion (April 2017)|