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Ricardo Benjamín Salinas Pliego is the owner of the luxury yacht Azteca. Pliego is a Mexican entrepreneur.
Through two holding companies Grupo Salinas and Grupo Elektra he owns serveral of the largest companies in Mexico. His companies include TV Azteca, Elektra, Grupo Lusacell, Unefon, and Banco Azteca. Grupo Salinas began as a family-owned furniture manufacturing company called Salinas & Rocha founded in 1906 by Mr. Salinas’ great-grandfather, Benjamin Salinas.
In 1950, Mr. Salinas’ grandfather created Grupo Elektra. When Ricardo Salinas became CEO of the company in 1987 he refocused Elektra on basic products: appliances, electronics, and furniture. Significantly, he developed at Elektra a vast new consumer market among Mexico’s lower middle income consumers by providing credit sales and diverse financial products and services. TV Azteca is one of the world’s two largest producers of Spanish-language television programming, Grupo Lusacell is Mexico's third largest wireless telecommunications company, which also owns Unefon a telecommunications company.
US$ 3.7 billion net worth and philanthropy
Forbes estimates Pliego’s net worth at USD 3.7 billion. He is an active philanthropist, and founder of the Fundación Azteca and the Fundación Azteca America. Both foundations focus on the (social) well-being of Hispanic communities. More than 13 million toys have also be given to children through the annual Juguetón ("Toy marathon").
The Yacht Azteca
Luxury yacht Azteca was built at CRN in 2009. She has a length of 72 meters (236ft), has a steel hull and aluminum super structure. She can accommodate 12 guests and a crew of 28. Powered by two Caterpillar engines, Azteca can reach a top speed of 16 knots, and has range of 6,000 nautical miles. Every year Azteca travels between the Med and the Caribbean. In June 2016 she arrived in Plymouth, UK after an Atlantic crossing. She is heading to Rendsburg, Germany, probable for a refit at Nobiskrug.
Gulfstream G5 private jet
Ricardo Salinas Pliego is the owner of a Gulfstream G5 private jet. The jet, with registration XA-AZT (for Azteca) has a marget value of approx. USD 10 - 15 million.
The luxury yacht Azteca, owned by Ricardo Salinas Pliego