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The master builder: Lorenzo Zambrano

13 May 2014

The Economist has an excellent obituary for Lorenzo Zambrano, which — as one might expect — focuses almost exclusively on Cemex’s late CEO’s financial activities in creating a Mexican-owned and Mexican-identified multi-national corporation, and the possible effect of his death on financial markets.

While it does Zambrano justice, one thing to remember about him is that the businessman and philanthopist (who personally both preserved a large part of the remaining Mexican wilderness and helped resolve a chronic complaint with the U.S. over smuggling activity, with his huge investment in buying land for Parque National Ocampo to compliment the U.S.’s Big Bend National Park) he never seemed to forget why there are big businesses… to provide PEOPLE what they need, not to make himself rich.

Literally, he kept this country together … where would be be without Cemex? He will be missed.

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