Fashion and blood banks: businesses that enriched Chapo's children, apart from drug trafficking
The former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Loera, became one of the richest men in the world due to drug trafficking and although some of his children followed his path, a few established themselves in alternative businesses.
Alejandrina Giselle and César Guzmán Salazar, sons of his first marriage to Alejandrina Salazar Hernández, have reportedly stayed away from the drug business. Both have had locations in areas of Mexico, especially in the state of Jalisco, the local newspaper EL UNIVERSAL reported.
In the case of Chapo's eldest daughter, who is currently serving a life sentence in the United States, she was a majority partner in the company Servicios Especializados en Vacunación, which for five years (2007-2012) marketed medicines and cosmetics and provided hospital services.
One of the companies owned by Chapo Guzman's eldest daughter was dealing with stem cell collection in Mexico.
Alejandrina Giselle, who graduated in 2005 from the University of Guadalajara as a surgeon, also had among her goals at the company the collection of stem cells, blood bank, transfer of live organs suitable for human transplants, among others.
In 2018 she founded Don Archi to manage a fashion line in honor of his father called 'El Chapo.701'. In fact, he set up an online store to offer clothing and accessories related to the once most sought-after capo in the United States and Mexico.
César, on the other hand, entered the real estate area with the company JDOBLECG Construcciones, in which he had 80% of the shares and was in charge of buying, selling, leasing, developing and transferring all kinds of real estate.
As well as Specialized Vaccination Services was closed in 2012.
While the family's flagship company is Gisell Artículos Escolares y de Oficina, which was founded in 1990 by members of the family of Alejandrina Salazar Hernandez, but since 2000 the children of Chapo run its operations and have half of the shares.
How much does the craft beer of the "El Chapo" cost?
The Chapo 701 brand is owned by Alejandrina Guzmán Salazar, daughter of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, and now, besides dedicating it to clothing, it is entering new markets such as that of craft beer. This new beer was presented at the 72nd edition of Intermoda.
The presentation took place in Guadalajara, Jalisco, where the sales manager, Adriana Ituarte of the brand mentioned to the local and national press that the idea was developed together with the brewery La Chingonería, which is a native of Mexico City and was responsible for producing it with special ingredients.
"The beer has four percent of alcohol content and brings malt, rice, and honey and is classified as craft and the idea is to sell it in breweries that have the wide range of this type of beverage," she said in the interview.
On the label of the alcoholic beverage, you can see the face of Joaquin Guzman Loera and the logo of the brand.
"I don't know if we take the label off and the beer is good if it is going to be sold. But obviously the brand gives the plus of sale, we continue with the idea that we are selling and while the product is good, people buy it and they like it", specified Adriana Ituarte.
El Chapo beer will cost 70.10 pesos, about 3.72 dollars and is expected to be distributed in bars and canteens throughout the country.
Adriana Ituarte said that for now, they are unable to market the beer because the brand does not yet have the permissions from the Mexican Institute of Intellectual Property (IMPI).
Supposedly the permit has not been granted because the brand is similar to others that had been previously registered as "El Chapo de Sinaloa".
The success of the El Chapo 701 brand has led to the opening of the first clothing store that will be inaugurated in February in Guadalajara, said Ituarte.