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José María Ruiz Mateos

José María Ruiz–Mateos y Jiménez de Tejada (11 April 1931 – 7 September 2015) was a Spanish businessman and politician.

He began by exporting wine to England. He founded the conglomerate Rumasa and had considerable influence in Spanish society. In 1983, the government of Spain (the Socialist Party was in office at the time and led by Felipe González) expropriated the company. The government alleged that Rumasa had failed to pay millions of pesetas in mandatory taxes to the national treasury. The government also claimed that Rumasa was in virtual bankruptcy and that it was still afloat thanks solely to imaginative accounting by the auditing department of the company. Ruiz Mateos disagreed with this assessment. He sued the government for compensation, but lost in court.

He was imprisoned on charges of currency smuggling, fraud and tax evasion.After several years in jail, he went back into public life, became the owner of the Rayo Vallecano football (soccer) team in 1991, and formed his own political party, as part of which he was elected to the European Parliament in 1989 and consequently achieved the judicial immunity that he was looking for. He also founded a new holding company, New Rumasa, with 16,000 employees. There have been multiple and various court rulings on the Rumasa case both in Spain and outside Spain; the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court have both spoken on numerous judgments. Ruíz Mateos was acquitted in 1999 by the Spanish Supreme Court.He was a well-known member of Opus Dei, though he was expelled from the group in 1986.Ruíz Mateos was the father of 13 sons and daughters.On 17 February 2011 the ten largest companies within the Nueva Rumasa group were declared in default and unable to make payments to their creditors after the Spanish Social Security, Royal Bank of Scotland and others requested that liens be placed on the companies' assets, nearly twenty-eight years to the day on which his original holding company, Rumasa, was expropriated by the Spanish government.

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Some of their strengths

José María Ruiz Mateos has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Imaginative, Creative, Kind, Energetic, Passionate, Generous, and Intellectual.

Independent and Brave

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, José María Ruiz Mateos is someone who is an independent, brave, and honest person who approaches life with energy, intuition, passion, and generosity. A person who looks for jobs that tend to reflect their identity.

Passionate and Intense

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know José María Ruiz Mateos well know them as someone who can be passionate, proud, and intense, like the sun or a blazing fire.

Truthful and Kind

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe José María Ruiz Mateos as someone who is honest, compassionate, imaginative, and instinctual.

A person who enjoys new challlenges, is a magnet for attracting other creative types, good at identifying opportunities, and who is good at forming loyal, lifelong friendships.

Exacting and Achievement-oriented

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, José María Ruiz Mateos is someone who has very high expectations for people, and who can be extremely focused on achieving goals and objectives.

They are also someone who is charismatic, compassionate, and understanding, and who is interested in expressing themselves through writing, public speaking, or teaching.

Independent and Dynamic

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, José María Ruiz Mateos tends to be someone who is independent, dynamic, and courageous. Who can be positive, energetic, self-reliant, and adventurous, and who can make friends easily.

Some of José María Ruiz Mateos's challenges

While José María Ruiz Mateos has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, José María Ruiz Mateos can be Impulsive, Indecisive, Unrealistic, Short-tempered, Rebellious, Emotionally Distant, and Non-confrontational.

Short-tempered and Impulsive

One of José María Ruiz Mateos's key challenges is that they are someone who can come across as short-tempered and impulsive.

José María Ruiz Mateos must also exercise caution as they can be excessive and unrealistic, and can have difficulty dealing with responsibility, authority, or criticism.

Unrealistic and Indecisive

José María Ruiz Mateos is someone who can be unrealistic, indecisive, and lacking in confidence, who can be impulsive when it comes to making important decisions, have difficulty collaborating with others, can be argumentative and not willling to accept criticism, and who can be disappointed by the high expectations they place on others.

Aggressive and Domineering

Finally, José María Ruiz Mateos also can be aggressive, impatient, impulsive, and short-tempered.

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