Bernardo Matte inherited Empresas CMPC from his father, Eliodoro Matte Ossa, which is now the biggest pulp and paper manufacturer in Chile. He, along with his two siblings, also owns stakes in a number of shipping, banking and telecom firms. Bernardo is responsible for overseeing other assets the family too, including their Banco Bice and Colbun stakes. He is also serving as the president of Banco Bice. In 2014, he left his board position in Colbun, and started focusing on Entel and CMPC. The family also has stakes in Entel, which is a top telecommunications company in Chile. With a net worth of $2.7 billion, Bernardo is one of the top 10 wealthiest men in Chile, and is counted among the richest businessmen across the world.
Bernardo’s father, Eliodoro Matter Ossa, was the principal shareholder of paper and forest CMPC. Born in 1955, little Bernardo was educated at the Saint George’s College, Santiago, and graduated from the University of Chile in 1972. After that, he met Andres Allamand, a politician and attorney, with whom he developed a close and long friendship. After graduation, he joined research department of the Minera Valparaiso, a business that his father owned, dedicated to grouping varied investments.