Diario El Comercio

“El Comercio” -controlled by the Miró Quesada and García Miro families- is the most important newspaper in Perú and the most prominent among all the newspapers that the group publishes.

In the presidential elections of 2006 and 2011, according to diverse political analyses of the time, the newspaper “El Comercio” supported the candidates Alan García and Keiko Fujimori, both right-wing, against the nationalist Ollanta Humala, who eventually won at the last hurdle. This support was most evident in the 2011 campaign, when the Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Mario Vargas Llosa, resigned as a newspaper columnist through a letter in which he said that “El Comercio” had become a "propaganda machine for the candidacy of Keiko Fujimori”

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Private

Geographic Coverage

National coverage

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Paid content

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Media Companies / Groups

Grupo El Comercio (hoy Vigenta Inversiones S.A.)

Ownership

Voting Rights

168 shareholders with a right to vote

Group / Individual Owner

Enriqueta Graña Miró Quesada

Peruvian (1950), member of the Miró Quesada family, José Graña’s little sister and linked to the largest construction company in Perú: Graña & Montero (see interests of Jose Alejandro Grana Miró Quesada). Has not held public office nor has any registered political affiliation.

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General Information

Founding Year

1839

Founder

Manuel Amunátegui (chileno) y Alejandro Villota (argentino)

Affiliated Interests Founder

The two founders of the newspaper “El Comercio” arrived in Perú in the 19th century, during the wars of independence in South America. Amunátegui served in the military of the Spanish crown and Villota served in the liberation army of José de San Martín.

Ceo

José Antonio García Miró Miro Quesada

Affiliated Interests Ceo

Has held the position of Chairman of the “Empresa Editora El Comercio” since 2005. During his tenure, the group has become the largest media corporation in the country and also elected its first editor-in-chief outside the Miró Quesada family: the economist Fritz du Bois in 2013. No registered political affiliation.

Editor-In-Chief

Fernando Berckemeyer Olaechea

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

Peruvian lawyer born in 1978 who holds a master's degree from Harvard University. He is a member of one of the most traditional families in Lima. He is currently only the second editor-in-chief at “El Comercio” who does not come from the Miró Quesada family. He took office in 2014 after the death of the economist Fritz du Bois. He was editor of the Editorial section from 2012. He is a known liberal in the political and economic spheres. He appears in the top 30 in the annual survey on power in Perú and is first in the written press section (2016), both produced by the magazine “Semana Económica (Economy Week).” Prior to joining “El Comercio,” Berckemeyer was a partner in one of the most important tax law firms in Lima: the “Olaechea de Lima” studio (owned by his maternal family and managed by his uncle José Antonio Olaechea Álvarez Calderón). Another of his uncles, Pedro Olaechea Álvarez Calderón, was director of Confiep and Adex, the two largest business associations in the country. He is currently a congressman in President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s party (2016-2021).

Other Important People

Milagros Miró Quesada Martens, César Pardo Figueroa Turner, Enrique Pasquel Rodríguez, Martha Meier Miró Quesada

Affiliated Interests other important people

Milagros Miró Quesada Martens de Rodríguez Larraín

Vicepresidenta del directorio de Vigenta Inversiones. Joined the Board in 1998. She is married to the lawyer Emilio Rodríguez-Larraín, shareholder and chairman of the Peruvian airline Lan Perú).

Contact

Jr. Miró Quesada 300, Cercado de Lima

Teléfono: 51-3116500

www.elcomercio.pe

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