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These Are Some Of The Most Successful Companies Founded By Latinos

Latin America and Hispanic-origin entrepreneurs are in the middle of a golden age. Emerging markets and the vast array of innovation achieving success in español are critical factors that have allowed the rise of latino-origin companies. Yet, this doesn’t limit itself to small businesses and boutique startups, as more latino-backed enterprises are achieving substantial success in par with their anglo-origin peers.

Today, we’ll show you 11 big companies founded by Latinos that have experienced substantial success in recent years, with no signs of stopping.

1. America Movil

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We start this list with a company owned by one of the most known investors and magnates of Latin America: Carlos Slim. Founded in 2000, America Movil is the seventh largest mobile network operator in the world. The company owns the popular mobile brands Telcel in Mexico and Claro in Central and South America, among many others in countries such as Austria, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Liechtenstein. In the US, America Movil owns TracFone Wireless, serving over 26 million customers. In total, America Movil helps over 289 million subscribers around the world to stay communicated.

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2. Open English

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Considered as one of the leading online English-teaching schools in Latin America and the Hispanic market in the US, Open English was founded in 2007 by the Venezuelan entrepreneur Andres Moreno. Thanks to its unique approach to English teaching (with classes available 24/7 and a study plan adapted to the student’s pace) and its catchy TV commercials, Open English now has offices in Miami, Bogota, Caracas, Sao Paulo, and Buenos Aires, serving over 500,000 students all over the continent.

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3. Zumba Fitness

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Have you tried Zumba? It’s considered as one of the hottest fitness programs with fans all over the world. Zumba was created by the Colombian choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in the late 90s. It began as a series of fitness videos sold by infomercials. Today, certified Zumba instructors are helping over 15 million students in 180 countries to stay in shape while having fun at the gym. But it doesn’t stop there; the Zumba brand also includes an athletic apparel collection, mobile app, video games, and even a Zumba-themed beverage.  

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4. Grupo Modelo (a.k.a. owners of Corona beer)

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Maybe the Grupo Modelo name doesn’t ring a bell, but the trademark see-through bottle of its most famous beverage surely will. In 1925, the company was founded in Mexico and it currently manages over 10 beer manufacturing plants in the country. They’re best known for being the creators of the world-famous Corona beer, a staple at parties and beach outings. Since 2013, the Grupo Modelo is part of Anheuser-Busch InBev, one of the most extensive drink and beverage holdings in the world.

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5. Mercado Libre

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In Latin America, online shopping is associated with Mercado Libre. Founded in 1999 in Buenos Aires, Mercado Libre is the most popular e-commerce site of Latin America, where stores and regular folks can buy, auction and sell goods online. As of 2016, Mercado Libre is serving over 170 million users in 18 countries of Latin America. The Mercado Libre brand has also grown beyond the e-commerce concept, running its own classified ads platform for real estate and cars, and its own payment system called MercadoPago.

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6. Carolina Herrera

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The stunning creations of this Venezuelan fashion designer have gained followers in both Hollywood’s red carpet and even at the White House, having dressed First Ladies Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama. Her namesake brand was born in 1980, and it now includes over 18 boutiques around the world, couture gowns, ready-to-wear styles and a famous line of perfumes. Her creations are also sold in over 200 stores in more than 100 countries.

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7. Televisa

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Millions of Latin American and Hispanic houses grew watching Mexican telenovelas, created or distributed by this media power player from Mexico. Founded in 1945 by Emilio Azcárraga Vidarrueta, Televisa is one of the most recognizable TV brands in the Spanish-speaking world, but the group also has stakes in radio and publishing companies (books and magazines), among others.

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Ask anyone in Latin America where they look for the best travel deals, and the answer will undoubtedly be Founded in 1999 by the Argentinian entrepreneur Roberto Souviron, this online travel agency is considered the number one of its kind in Latin America. helps travelers from over 20 Spanish-speaking countries find airline tickets, hotel accommodations and car rental deals at the best price.

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9. Brightstar Corp.

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You may not have heard of Brightstar Corp., but, chances are, you or your workplace owe its communications system to them. Founded in 1997 by the Bolivian entrepreneur Marcelo Claure, Brightstar distributes mobile phones and specialized wireless communication devices, serving more than 15,000 enterprise customers and 40,000 retailers in 100 countries. 

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10. OLX

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Argentinian entrepreneur Alex Oxenford co-founded OLX in 2006 with Fabrice Grinda, a few years after selling his first company, De Remate, to Mercado Libre. His second venture into the world of online sales has proven to be successful in emerging markets such as India and Brazil. OLX is a platform of classified ads that operates in 45 countries, as an out-of-the-US alternative to Craigslist, where users can buy and sell goods. As of 2014, it had over 200 million active users with 25 million listings through its various country sites.

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11. Bunny Inc.

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Created in 2012 by Alex Torrenegra and his wife, Bunny Inc. has become one of the most successful endeavors of the Colombian entrepreneur. His venture is an outsourcing solution that connects companies to creators such as writers, voice actors, and translators. It helps thousands of users in Latin America and the US and has grown to provide availability in five languages.

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In 2019, Give Your Business To These 20 Latino-Owned Companies To Keep The Community Strong

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In 2019, Give Your Business To These 20 Latino-Owned Companies To Keep The Community Strong

Latino businesses are more prevalent than ever before. The community as a whole continues to change and evolve at a rapid pace. In the United States, you have entrepreneurship taking center stage. Latinas are driving the growth in this space and continue to do so every single day. Not all is positive for Latinos, though. There is still an uphill battle that each individual fights. Traditional routes to success are harder for Latino businesses, supporting them is pivotal for the continued success of Latino economic growth in the U.S.

La Corona Butron


La Corona Butron is a fantastic Latino-owned business that was started by Valerie and Isaac. This is a business owned by their family and aims to help your hair in a big way. They create a product by the name of La Corona Organic Hair Cream. It is a moisturizing hair cream that is second to none in the market.

The cream works on your hair, as well as on your skin.  All of the ingredients in the cream are completely natural, free of any additives or unnecessary chemicals.

The Pin Mix


The Pin Mix is a company that is based in Brooklyn, New York. They create pins that are just out of this world. The pins are unique in that they hit on everything. You could have a pin that touches on the latest in the pop culture space but also has a pin that hits on a favorite hobby you have. The company is extremely unique in what they do. Give their website a quick browse and you will see all of the amazing pins they create every day.

Sally Torres Vega


Sally Torres Vega is making waves in the fashion scene. The company made its debut with its slow fashion line back in the year 2008. Now, a full decade later, the company continues to go strong. Natural fibers and awe-inspiring silhouettes make the Sally Torres Vega fashion line extremely unique and attractive. It is a brand with a home base in Puerto Rico and helps you fill up your closet with awesomeness.

Cha Cha Covers


Cha Cha Covers is a Latino business that specializes in helping you make your nails look just splendid. What this company does is work to give you nail wraps. It is run by Ana Guajardo. Lots of pop culture gets a work into the nail wraps and there really is art for your nails that meets the needs of everyone.

Candy’s Kloset


Jeanette Castro has made her mark as a Latino business that sells primarily on Etsy. She has over 6,500 sales since the shop made its appearance on the site. If you are of Latino heritage or just love the culture of Mexico, Central, and South America, her products are for you. She has a little bit of everything in her shop, including jewelry, pins, keychains and much more. The store typically has in excess of 250 items so check out the offerings.

Loquita Bath and Body


There is nothing like hopping into the bath and dropping in a lovely bath bomb. The brand creator is none other than Mira Perez. The company is a bath bomb group, specializing in bath bombs that are vegan. There are all sorts of inspiration in her products, including many of the current happenings in the pop culture scene.

Li’l Libros


Li’l Libros is for the soon-to-be parents out there. The goal of this site is to connect your new baby with any and all of the books you want. As soon to be parents, you go on the site to create a listing of books you desire for your baby. The list is then sent to friends and family for purchase. The bilingual books educate the babies about their heroes.

Sweet Llamita


So many creations from this colorful Latino company. You may want to send something from them to someone as a get well wish or just to show they are top of mind. The greeting cards and other things the company creates will put a smile on the face of anyone.

Coyote Negro


Coyote Negro is a Latino business with designs by Melissa Hernandez. The jewelry line features shapes that are classic, to say the least. Many are made from recycled materials and feature geometry in the design.

Viva La Bonita


Viva La Bonita is a company that screams Latino culture and creativity. They create some amazing tops as well as phone cases. It is all about letting the world know how you feel, what is on your mind. Their designs let you speak without saying a word. Wear their gear with pride.

Very That


You do not often see a company that specializes in stickers, but that is exactly what you have with this Latino business. Very That features totes, t-shirts, and more. They also have stickers for basically any idea or thought in your mind.



Artlexia is a shop that has all sorts of fun stuff. They feature air fresheners, mugs, totes, pins, books, and everything in-between. They have different types of mole and much more.

Reina Rebelde


Reina Rebelde has a passion for makeup and her shop speaks volumes for that. She creates makeup that has the goal of honoring, celebrating, and delivering boldness, passion. Her beauty brand aims to speak to its customers and Latino culture.

Annie Elainey


Annie Elainey sells tees that are all about” The Future is Accessible.” She is a content creator diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or EDS, impacting her connective tissues. She wants to include the disabled community and does so through her business, through her passion in what she creates. She sells shirts to bring a more inclusive future forward.

Hot Sundae


Hot Sundae is all about pins and creates some pieces that will simply make you smile. Hoe Sundae has the goal of serving looks and has been doing it since 2013. As a Latina-owned business, it continues to make waves in Los Angeles.

Galaxy Vibrations


Galaxy Vibrations is a company with lots of crystals. They make bracelets, pendants, and so much more. The crystal healing powers are always present on every one of their creations.

Born x Raised


Born x Raised is another Latino business that runs out of Los Angeles. The company features clothing that is socially conscious. They bring the indigenous heritage to the forefront, pushing the boundaries of the clothing industry.



Baetanical is from an artist by the name of James Barela. The creations in modern ceramics, combining the Latino culture with some amazing colors pop in each piece. Pots, vases, drinkware, and more, all available from this great artist.

Golden Ponies


Golden Ponies has an Etsy shop that is based in Guadalajara. Opening in the year 2019, the handmade shoes that come from Golden Ponies always raise eyebrows in a positive fashion. They also feature clothing, bags, and more. Everything they make is from materials of a vegan source.


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