Horst Paulmann is a Chilean-German retailer who has expanded his retail business across South America. He is the Chairman and CEO of Cencosud, the biggest retail company in Chile, and 3rd biggest in Latin America. Paulmann, along with his family, owns 59% of the company. He opened his first Jumbo hyper-market in the year 1976, and now he has 922 supermarkets across Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Brazil. All in all, he owns 48 shopping centers and 1094 stores in total. He is German by birth, but moved to Chile after the Second World War. Since then, he is still a holder of dual citizenship. With a net worth of US $ 3.7 billion, he is one of the top 10 wealthiest men in Chile, and among the richest men worldwide.
Born in Germany, Paulmann’s family along with 7 brothers immigrated to Chile in 1949. After settling in the southern city of Osomo, Horst left his secondary education, and starting working with his father. In 1952, they founded Temuco, through which they bought Villa of Recreation the Breezes. After his father’s death, he and his brother Jurgen transformed the property into a supermarket. Gradually, they established 5 more premises, and developed a new company which distributed foods in the south and central zone of Chile.