They come in all shapes and sizes. But they all share one thing: an almost fanatical commitment for excellence in their fields. They may be ordinary Latinos, but their work passion is extraordinary.
With our eight edition, we celebrate exemplary individuals who embody the pinnacle of those in our society who have not only risen to the top, but also have dedicated their lives to education, culture and the success of generations to come.
It is with gusto that we list the achievements of those who have pushed beyond the boundaries of their fields and of the expectations placed on them.
They already have formed legacies.
These individuals, who inspire others, have not only revealed the keys that unlock their feats, but have also begun to pass that along to a younger Latinos.
With each year, the list matures, and this year, we are proud to give you a deeper insight to our leaders by showing the Latin American countries and cultures represented, the online impact they have, their origins and their education.
It is also with utmost pride that we introduce the 101 most influential Latinos of 2016 as demonstrated by their excellence in government, activism, finance, business, health, science, arts and entertainment and the athletics arena.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
JESSICA ALBA ACTRESS, MODEL, ENTREPRENEUR
* Born on April 28, 1981, is married, mother of two, and lives in Beverly Hills.
Alba, descendent of Mexican immigrant grandparents, initially rose to prominence starring the sci-fi TV series "Dark Angel," directed by James Cameron, for which she won a Golden Globe nomination, Her most well-known films include "Sin City," "Fantastic Four" and "Machete." 2016 saw three Alba films in release, "Mechanic Resurrection," "Dear Eleanor," and "The Veil." Alba has carved a niche outside of Hollywood as an eco-preneur. In 2008, the mother of two launched her baby and home product line, The Honest Company. Thanks to an additional $100 million of funding, the company has been recently valued at $1.7 billion. Alba's estimated current net worth is $350 million.
* www.honest.com * @jessicaalba
MEDIA, ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT
CARTOONIST, ACTIVIST, PRODUCER, RADIO HOST
* Born in San Diego, Lalo Alcaraz is a Mexican-American cartoonist. He is married, and has three children.
1987 San Diego State University BA 1991 UC Berkeley MA, Architecture.
Launched in 2002, Alcaraz is best known for his comic La Cucaracha, the first nationally syndicated, politically themed Latino daily comic strip. He is also the creator of "Daniel D. Portado," a satirical Hispanic character who in 1994 called on Mexican immigrants to return south--"reverse immigration"--as a response to the controversial Proposition 187. A leading figure in the Chicano movement, Alcaraz also contributes political cartoons for LA Weekly and hosts a radio show on KPFK called the "Pocho Hour of Power." Alcaraz consulted on Pixar's upcoming "Coco," 2017. He won against Disney's attempt to copyright Dia de los Muertes as a Disney film and product title.
PRESIDENT AND CEO OF ALVARADO CONSTRUCTION, INC.
* Born in 1951, Alvarado attended Pomona College.
1976 Founded Alvarado Construction 1992 Became first Latino to own a major league baseball team (Colorado Rockies) 2003 Inducted In the National Women's Hall of Fame.
Linda Alvarado is the President and CEO of Alvarado Construction, Inc., a commercial and Industrial construction firm in Denver, Colorado. She is also President of the Palo Alto, Inc. restaurant company, co-owner of the Colorado Rockies baseball team, and serves on the boards of directors of 3M, Cypress Amax Minerals Company, Mayo Clinic, and Pitney Bowes. Winner of the Horatio Alger Award, Linda is a trailblazer, wife, and mother, and stands out at a strong Latina in the male-dominated arenas of construction, sports, and corporate boards.
PRESIDENT AND CEO TELEVISA SA
* Born February 21, 1968. He Is married and resides In Mexico City.
With an estimated net worth of $2.4 billion, this Mexican media tycoon is Mexico's 9th richest individual, ranking among Latin America's wealthiest. He is Chairman and CEO of Grupo Televisa, the largest Spanish-language media company in the world. A skillful businessman, Azcarraga Jean took over the ailing business from his father, and is widely credited with the enormous success his company now enjoys. He sits on the board of directors of the Spanish-language Univision Network, in which Televisa also owns a stake, and Banamex, the Mexican financial giant. Additionally, he is Chairman, President, and CEO of Endeavor, an international non-profit organization headquartered in New York that serves entrepreneurs in nearly 20 nations with emerging markets in four continents.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CUSTOMER ADVOCACY HP
* Born in 1962, married, resides in Menlo Park, CA
Baez began his career at Northrop Grumman, where he spent 25 years and finished as CIO for Its electronics system sensor sector. He was previously CIO of Kimberly Clark, and Fisher Scientific. Ramon Baez, Hewlett Packard's (HP) Senior Vice President of Customer Advocacy, Chairman of the Global Diversity & Inclusion Board, leads a customer-centric, technology driven business strategy across the organization. As Chairman of the D&l at HP, he aims to align business imperatives and drives accountability all the way to the top, engaging HP's leadership In meeting their commitments to Diversity and Inclusion.
JOSE JUAN "J.J." BAREA
POINT GUARD, DALLAS MAVERICKS
* Born June 26, 1984, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Has a son.
2005-06 Became the second all-time leading scorer and leader in assists at Northeastern University. 2011 Helped lead the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA Championship 2014-15 Barea re-signed with the Mavericks
"JJ" Barea first began to make a name for himself in Puerto Rico as a player for Indios de Mayaguez of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN). He later moved to the United States and attended Miami Christian School in Miami where he helped the team win a championship. In 2006, he became the seventh Puerto Rican to play In the NBA. In 2011, he lead the Dallas Mavericks to win an NBA Championship. The same year, Barea opened the JJ Barea Foundation for the empowerment and education of youth in San Juan.
* https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jose-JuanBarea/160236700710610 * https://twitter.com/jjbareapr
HECTOR V. BARRETO
CHAIRMAN OF THE LATINO COALITION
* Born in 1961. Resident of Southern California, married with three children.
1986-present President of Barreto Insurance & Financial Services 2001-2006 Appointed Adminsitrator of U.S. Small Business Administration 2006-present-President & CEO Barreto Inc
The Honorable Hector V. Barreto is Chairman of The Latino Coalition. Barreto currently serves as a member of the board of the United States Chamber of Commerce and sits on its council for small business. Barreto is a member of the Minority Business Hall of Fame and has been recognized by many organizations including: the U.S. Congress, the California State Senate and Assembly, the County of Los Angeles, YMCA, and the American Red Cross. He was honored in 2006 by the president of Fox in Mexico, with the Aguila Azteca Award.
* http://www.barretoinc.com/ http://www. thelatinocoalition.com/about-us/hectgr--v-barreto
U.S. CONGRESSMAN, CALIFORNIA'S 34TH DISTRICT
* Born January 26, 1958, Becerra is married with three children.
1992 Elected to the House of Representatives 1997-1998 Served as chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
One of the most respected congressmen, with more than 20 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Becerra serves as Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. He was the first Latino member of the powerful Committee on Ways And Means and is Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security. He has been a vocal ally of fair and free trade, and has worked to bring industry to California. In 2016, Becerra spoke out against gun violence as part of the #NoFlyNoBuy 'sit-in' in congress.
* http://becerra.house.gov/ * https://www.facebook.com/XavierBecerra?fref=ts * https://twitter.com/RepBecerra
RUDY M. BESERRA
VICE PRESIDENT OF LATIN AFFAIRS AT COCA-COLA
* Residence: Atlanta, GA
* A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mr. Beserra is married and has two children.
1999 Harvard Executive Forum--Board Development 1974 The University of New Mexico--AA Degree and Teacher Certificate, Special Ed / Political Science 2011 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. The Hector Barreto "Con Ganas" Award at the USHCC (United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce) convention In Miami, FL.
Everything having to do with the Latino community comes through his office. For the past 24 years, Rudy M. Beserra has headed Coca-Cola's Latin Affairs division. Beserra Is Vice President of Latin Affairs at Coca-Cola. He joined the beverage company In 1989 after serving under President Ronald Reagan as special assistant on Latino and Small Business Affairs. He Is on the board of directors of numerous national organizations that assist and advance Latinos Including the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
LOCAL GOVERNMENT, HEALTH
GEORGE P. BUSH TEXAS LAND COMMISSIONER
* Born April 24, 1976
* Mexican-American. Married, with two sons.
2011 Served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan with the U.S Navy Reserves 2012 Deputy Finance chairman of the Republican...