Having built its fortune by leading Grupo Santander to success, both in Europe and abroad, the Botín family has cemented its reputation among Spain’s most important collectors and bankers. Emilio Botín, who was the executive chairman of Grupo Santander from 1986 until his death in 2014, laid the groundwork for some of the family’s most recent developments. (His daughter, Ana Patricia, took over after his death, having been since 2010 the first female chief executive of Santander, the bank’s British arm.) He inaugurated plans for the Centro Botín, a 33,743-square-foot, Renzo Piano–designed private museum, which opened in Santander, Spain, in 2017. In addition to its holdings, which include large-scale works by Carsten Höller and Julie Mehretu, the arts center features spectacular views of the Bay of Santander. The same year that museum opened, it was announced that Jaime Botín would stand trial for allegedly trying to smuggle a Picasso portrait that authorities found in a yacht docked in Corsica.
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