Matías Rodríguez Inciarte

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Person.png Matías Rodríguez Inciarte  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(banker, deep politician?)
Matías Rodríguez Inciarte.jpg
In 1981
Born23 March 1948
Alma materComplutense University of Madrid
Parents • Pedro Rodríguez Arango
• Emi Inciarte Manchimbarrena
Member ofBilderberg/Steering committee
Former Bilderberg Steering committee, Spanish banker and possibly deep politician

Employment.png Spain/Minister of the Presidency

In office
1 September 1981 - 28 October 1982

Matías Rodríguez Inciarte was a member of the Bilderberg Steering committee. He has had a meteoric political and professional career, a minister at the age of 33, at just over 50 one of the highest paid banking executives in Spain at Banco de Santander, where he was Vice President until 2017, and president of the Princess of Asturias Foundation[1]

Early Life

Matías Rodríguez Inciarte was born in Oviedo on March 23, 1948. Son of Pedro Rodríguez Arango and Emi Inciarte Manchimbarrena, he is the eldest of six siblings -Pedro, Juan, Marta, Macarena and Icíar-, who have always remained very close.

After his Baccalaureate, he moved to Madrid to study Economics. Just two years after finishing his degree, in 1972, he joined the State’s Corps of Economists and Business Engineers, moving on to posts related to international commerce in business negotiations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)[2], and a year later, already married to his first wife, Amparo Escolar, he was appointed commercial counselor of the Spanish Embassy in Santiago de Chile.[3]

Government Career: "Not a parallel power"

From that moment on, some information from his biography shows from his brilliant career: in 1977 he was deputy director general of Economy and Fisheries Development and technical secretary general of the Ministry of Economy; in April 1978, Secretary General for Relations with the European Community; in 1980, Secretary General of the Second Vice Presidency of the Government, and in February 1981, after the Tejero coup during the inauguration of Prime Minister Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo, Secretary of State attached to the Prime Minister and one of his closest collaborators.[3]

The press then baptized Rodríguez Inciarte as the "technical arm" of the small group that Prime Minister Calvo-Sotelo surrounded himself with. The other "Monclovite champions", as someone called them in reference to the PM's residence, were Luis Sánchez Merlo, the "political arm" of the team, a brilliant 34-year-old lawyer who was the President's general secretary, and a thirty-year-old Eugenio Galdón, an economist and already with an extensive and enviable résumé, as director of the cabinet. "We are not a parallel power," said the three of them in unison. And Rodríguez Inciarte pointed out: “Each one has their own specific role. I am in the more technical part and in what concerns the dispositions of the Administration».[3]

Reorganization of Banesto

In 1984 - a year before his brother Juan - Matías joined Banco de Santander. In just under ten years he was director and general manager. While his new career rose quickly - the career of a character who symbolized the new times in the banking world began to decline: Mario Conde, president of the financial services company Banesto, whom his colleagues never stopped considering an upstart. Banesto's corporation - which controlled 120 companies - was his ruin, which led to the arrival at the bank in 1993 of a team led by Alfredo Sáenz, of which Rodríguez Inciarte was a part, with the task of minimizing the damage from Conde's management.[3]

His participation in the reorganization of Banesto, first, and in the committee that was in charge of carrying out the merger of Santander with the Central Hispano (BCH), later, ended up placing Rodríguez Inciarte at the top of the entity. A trusted man of Santander's executive chairman Emilio Botín-Sanz, Rodríguez Inciarte is a director and third vice president of Banco Santander, with an annual salary of just over three and a half million euros in 2005, which placed him in fourth place in the ranking of executives highest paid bank in Spain.

And although they do not usually give too many anecdotes related to his banking activity, the Scottish banker George Mathewson once said that the IBOS electronic international payments system, created by the Royal Bank Scotland and the Banco de Santander, had been designed by Matías Rodríguez Inciarte and himself in a taxi.[3]

He was a member of Banco de Santander's board (1988-2017), vice-president since (1994-2017) and a member of the Group’s Executive Committee until November 2017. He is currently chairman of Santander Universidades and vice-president of Universia.[2]

He is also chairman of SANITAS, UCI and the Social Council of the Carlos III University, Madrid, as well as a director of Financiera El Corte Inglés, FIPONSA and BUPA. He has been vice-president of the Entrepreneurs Circle (Círculo de Empresarios).[2]

In 1995 he joined the Princess of Asturias Foundation’s Board of Trustees.[2]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/199712 June 199715 June 1997US
Lake Lanier
Georgia (State)
The 45th Bilderberg meeting
Bilderberg/199814 May 199817 May 1998Scotland
The 46th Bilderberg meeting, held in Scotland, chaired by Peter Carrington
Bilderberg/19993 June 19996 June 1999Portugal
The 47th Bilderberg, 111 participants
Bilderberg/20001 June 20004 June 2000Belgium
The 48th Bilderberg, 94 guests
Bilderberg/200124 May 200127 May 2001Sweden
The 49th Bilderberg, in Sweden. Reported on the WWW.
Bilderberg/200230 May 20022 June 2002US
Westfields Marriott
The 50th Bilderberg, held at Chantilly, Virginia.
Bilderberg/200315 May 200318 May 2003France
The 51st Bilderberg, in Versailles, France
Bilderberg/20043 June 20046 June 2004Italy
The 52nd such meeting. 126 recorded guests
Bilderberg/20055 May 20058 May 2005Germany
The 53rd Bilderberg, 132 guests
Bilderberg/20068 June 200611 June 2006Canada
54th Bilderberg, held in Canada. 133 guests
Bilderberg/200731 May 20073 June 2007Turkey
The 55th Bilderberg meeting, held in Turkey
Bilderberg/20085 June 20088 June 2008US
The 56th Bilderberg, Chantilly, Virginia, 139 guests
Bilderberg/20103 June 20106 June 2010Spain
Hotel Dolce Sitges
The 122 guests met in the Hotel Dolce Sitges, Barcelona, Spain.
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