Public Figure Profiles

Juan March

Juan Alberto March Ordinas (4 October 1880 – 10 March 1962) was a Spanish business magnate, arms and tobacco smuggler, banker and philanthropist.

Closely associated with the Nationalist side during and after the Spanish Civil War, March was the wealthiest man in Spain and the sixth richest in the world. Throughout his life, he accumulated many labels, most notably "the last pirate of the Mediterranean". At his death in 1961, Time called him "the Iberian Croesus".Born into a humble family of peasants in Mallorca, he was expelled from school at an early age, and began helping his father with his pig farming business while smuggling tobacco from Spanish Morocco. During the Mediterranean theatre of World War I, March was involved in an international affair after he gave supplies to a fleet of submarines of the Austro-Hungarian empire in his island of Cabrera. This action cost him the expropriation of the island by the Government of Spain acting on behalf of Winston Churchill, at the time First Lord of the Admiralty. In 1916, he founded Trasmediterránea, an important shipping company that strengthened March's naval outreach. He gained political protection from Primo de Rivera and established Banca March to finance part of his business ventures, including Franco's coup d'état and most of the Nationalist effort. For a short period of the Second Spanish Republic, he was jailed due to financial irregularities and illegal activities, including tobacco and arms trafficking. He managed to escape prison by bribing a Civil Guard and fleeing to Gibraltar.In 1955, he set up his eponymous foundation of philanthropy and sciences, similar to the Rockefeller or Carnegie foundations. Around the same time, an elderly March uttered his famous "I am so rich, that I do not even know how rich I am". He died in March 1961 from sustained injuries caused by a road accident in Madrid.

The March family under his patriarchy had a strong influence in the financial, social and cultural aspects of European affairs in the 20th century, where it played an almost equally important role as the Rothschild family. Today, the Marches are among the richest in Spain, reported to be worth over US$5 billion.

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Some of their strengths

Juan March has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Intelligent, Imaginative, Diplomatic, Creative, Loyal, Intense, and Caring.

Intelligent and Inquisitive

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Juan March is someone who is an intelligent, inquisitive, and imaginative person, who is practical, considerate, kind, and diplomatic in dealings with others. A person who seems to identify with family, heritage and ancestry.

Soulful and Intuitive

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Juan March well know them as someone who can be graceful, romantic, and reserved, like gentle rain.

Imaginative and Sentimental

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Juan March as someone who is imaginative, sentimental, and in touch with emotions.

A person who has extremely good memory and analytical skills, likes to make sure that everyone gets along, enjoys all kinds of situations and people, has a talent for travel and languages, and who makes lifelong friends.

Dynamic and Imaginative

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Juan March is someone who can bring a purifying element to situations, and who is a risk-taker with vision and imagination.

They are also someone who is balanced, organized, and in-charge, and who loves traveling, working hard, and figuring out the patterns of things.

Justice-seeking and Peaceful

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Juan March tends to be someone who loves peace and is ready to go to any costs to achieve it. Who has a taste for the good things in life, tends to be a good organizer, has a thirst for knowledge, and who tends to have the respect of friends and acquaintances.

Some of Juan March's challenges

While Juan March has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Juan March can be Emotional, Hesitant, Narcissistic, Standoffish, Irritable, Moody, and Demanding.

Hesitant and Narcissistic

One of Juan March's key challenges is that they are someone who can be hesitant and narcissistic.

Juan March must also exercise caution as they can be short-tempered and aggressive, and can be excessive and unrealistic.

Irritable and Moody

Juan March is someone who can be irritable and moody, have a tendency to experience self-doubt, be too secretive, can take too many risks, and who can have an extreme approach to managing personal finances.

Pleasure-seeking and Indecisive

Finally, Juan March also can put others first too much, and hem-and-haw too much when making a decision.

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