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 2014 as demonstrated by their excellence in government, activism, finance, business, health, science, arts and entertainment and the athletics arena.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
ACTRESS, MODEL, ENTREPRENEUR
* Born on April 28, 1981, is married, mother of two, and lives In Beverly Hills
This descendant of Mexican Immigrant grandparents rose to prominence starring the sci-fi TV series "Dark Angel," directed by James Cameron of Titanic fame, for which she won a Golden Globe nomination. Her most well-known films Include "Sin City," "Fantastic Four" and "Machete." Alba's sultry looks have catapulted her into an International sex symbol. She Is recognized as an environmental activist. In 2012, the mother of two launched her eco-friendly baby and home product line Honest that Is now worth about $1 billion. Alba's fortune Is reportedly estimated at $200 million. This year she has lobbied Congress on the environment, made a cameo appearance In the film Entourage and has also worked on several other movie projects.
PRESIDENT AND CEO OF ALVARADO CONSTRUCTION, INC.
* She Is 64.
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 and of Pitney Bowes. 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.
EMILIO AZEARRAGA JEAN
PRESIDENT OF TELEVISA
* Born In 1968, he Is married and lives In Mexico City.
With a wealth estimated In more than $3 billion, this Mexican media tycoon is among the world's richest people. He Is the president and CEO of Grupo Televisa, the largest Spanish-language media company In the world. Here In the U.S., he sits the board of directors of the Spanish-language Univision Network, In which Televisa also owns a stake. Furthermore, he Is a board member of Endeavor, an International non-profit organization headquartered In New York that serves entrepreneurs In nearly 20 nations with emerging markets In four continents and through a project In Miami, Florida.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CIO OF HP
* Married: Kelly Baez
* Residence: Menlo Park, CA
* He Is 54
Baez began his career at Northrop Grumman, where he spent 25 years and finished as CIO for Its electronics system sensor sector. He was also previously CIO of Kimberly Clark.
Ramon Baez, one of the top CIO's In the world, serves as the senior vice president and CIO of HP. He is responsible for the global Information technology (IT) strategy and all of the company's IT assets that support HP employees and help drive strategic company priorities. This Includes worldwide application development, the company's private cloud, IT security, data management, technology infrastructure, and telecommunication networks.
JOSE JUAN "J.J." BAREA
POINT GUARD, DALLAS MAVERICKS
* Born June 26, 1984. Youngest of three brothers, Jamie J. Barea and Jason J. Barea. Has a son, Sebastian, with former Miss Universe, Zulekya Rivera.
2001-02 Attended Miami Christian School in Miami and helped his team win a Florida state championship. 2005-06 Became the second all-time leading scorer and leader In asists at Northeastern University. 2006 Made his debut with the senior national Puerto Rican team in the Central American and Caribbean Games where they won the gold medal. 2011 Helped lead the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA Championship 2014-15 After 3 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, 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 attended Miami Christian School In Miami where he helped the team win a championship. After playing basketball for Northeastern University, he joined the Dallas Mavericks In 2006 and became the seventh Puerto Rican to play In the NBA. In 2011, he helped lead the Dallas Maverids win an NBA Championship, becoming just the second Puerto Rican player to win.
HECTOR A. BARRETO
CHAIRMAN OF THE LATINO COALITION
* Born in 1961. He currently resides In Southern California with his wife Robin and three children. 2006- present: President & CEO Barreto Inc 20012006 Appointed Adminsitrator of U.S. Small Business Administration 1986-present President of Barreto Insurance & Financial Services 1995-2001 President and Owner TELACU/Barreto Financial Services
The Honorable Hector V. Barreto is Chairman of The Latino Coalition which is now considered one of the leading and largest latino advocacy groups in the nation. Barreto currently serves as a member of the board of the United States Chamber of Commerce and sits on Its council for small business, In addition, he served five years as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
U.S. CONGRESSMAN, CALIFORNIA'S 34TH DISTRICT
* Becerra and his wife, physician Carolina Reyes, have three children.
* DOB: January 26, 1958
1992 Elected to the House of Representatives 1997-1998 Served as chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
With more than 20 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Becerra serves as Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. He is a member of the powerful Committee on Ways And Means and Is Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT, HEALTH
GEORGE P. BUSH
TEXAS LAND COMMISSIONER
* He resides In Austin with this wife, Amanda, and their two sons.
* Born April 24,1976
2011 Served In Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan with the U.S. Navy Reserves 2012 Deputy Finance chairman of the Republican Party of Texas 2014 Elected Texas Land Commissioner
A member of the Bush family, Bush is the son of Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush, grandson of George H.W. Bush, and the nephew to President George W. Bush. Former Rice University undergraduate, he earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Texas School of Law. He worked as a Florida teacher before serving in the U.S. Naval Reserves in Afghanistan. In 2015, he was overwhelmingly elected Texas Land Commissioner. Bush co-founded several businesses in the Texas area.
MARTIN CABRERA, JR.
FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CABRERA CAPITAL
* He Is based In Chicago, and Is 43 years old. 2007 Honored by the U.S. Department of Commerce with the Minority Business Advocate of the Year Award 2010: Received the Maestro Award for Leadership from Latino Leaders Magazine 2013 Served just a short four months as the reformer of the United Neighborhood Organization
Martin Cabrera, Jr. is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cabrera Capital Markets. He is responsible for overseeing many of the firms activities, including investment banking, corporate debt, Initial public offerings and trading. He is also founder of Cabrera Capital Partners. Prior to the forming of Cabrera Capital, he served as a General Principal and Branch Manager of Salomon Grey Financial Corporation and was a Senior Vice President at Amerivet Securities, Inc.
U.S. CONGRESSMAN, TEXAS' 20th DISTRICT
* He and his wife Anna have a daughter. DOB: September 16,1974
2012 Elected to the House of Representatives 2013 Named co-president for the House freshman Democrats and Assistant Whip for House Democrats.
As one of two brothers who are among the most high profile Hispanics in national politics, Castro's respect for public service and involvement in political movements and civic causes developed at a young age. Now in his second term In the House, he was at the forefront in proposing forward-thinking legislative reforms In the...