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HISTORY

Our history is defined by more than 100 years of successful business ventures. We sold by credit when no one thought it could be done. We entered the entertainment industry when it was dominated by a monopoly and we offered innovative sales plans that allowed clients to acquire rating points instead of airtime. With our telecommunications business, we were instrumental in making mobile telephony available to mass consumers.



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Timeline
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  • 1906
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    Salinas y Rocha

    Foundation of the bed factory: Benjamín Salinas and Co precursor to Salinas and Rocha.
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  • 1950
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    Grupo Elektra

    Foundation of Elektra by Hugo Salinas Rocha, a radio-manufacturing factory. It soon started manufacturing television sets
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  • 1952
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    Grupo Elektra

    Hugo Salinas y Rocha leaves his son in charge of the business.
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  • 1963
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    Grupo Elektra

    Elektra requests its first loan from the Bank of America.
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  • 1976
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    Grupo Elektra

    As a consequence of the peso’s devaluation, Elektra is forced to change its strategy from credit sales to only cash payments.
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  • 1987
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    Grupo Elektra

    Hugo Salinas Price appoints his son, Ricardo B. Salinas Pliego as CEO of Grupo Elektra.
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  • 1993
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    Grupo Elektra

    Performs its first initial public offering (IPO) in the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV).
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    Azteca

    A group of investors headed by Ricardo B. Salinas Pliego acquires a set of television stations, with their corresponding licenses, from the government of Mexico for US$623 million; thus, TV Azteca is born.
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    Grupo Elektra

    Lists its stock as Global Depositary Shares (GDS) in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

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    Azteca

    Launching of the TV news program Hechos.

    The Colombian soap opera “Café con Aroma de Mujer” is transmitted with great success. This success largely resides in the fact that it showed that simple and fresh lives and characters also can be attractive.

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  • 1995
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    Azteca

    Exclusive rights for the transmission of NBA games in Mexico are agreed upon and signed.
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  • 1996
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    Grupo Elektra

    Signs the contract with Western Union to perform electronic money transfer services.
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    Azteca

    Azteca Music is created to produce, promote and distribute the recordings of popular talent; 15 days later it obtains its first golden record award.

    Azteca Digital (today Azteca Novelas) is founded; a high quality and technology production center of digital content.

    “Nada Personal” is the first soap opera produced in Azteca Digital. This production would leave its mark in the national television industry: traditional schemes were broken to achieve a new style; credible, actual, open, and respectful of the audience who was interested in receiving high quality.

    The Mexican soccer team, Club Atlético Morelia (today Monarcas Morelia) is acquired.

    The first Juguetón takes place; 15,000 toys are handed out to children.

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    Grupo Elektra

    Operations such as small article, furniture and electronic sales begin in Latin America through the opening of four stores in Guatemala with the Elektra format. This is the first step of an expansion process outside of Mexico, which included Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Peru.
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    Azteca

    An initial public offering (IPO) takes place in the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV), and the firm is listed as American Depositary Receipt (ADR) in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:TZA).

    The acting school Centro de Formación Actoral (CEFAC) is founded to promote the creation of young talents.

    Soap operas such as: Al Norte del Corazón, Demasiado Corazón, La Chacala and Mirada de Mujer are produced; the last of which made history in Mexican television industry.

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    Fundación Azteca

    Fundación Azteca is created, deriving from the effort to materialize the values in which Grupo Salinas firmly believes: support to families, the effort of young individuals to improve themselves through education, the fight on drugs, the promotion of generosity and solidarity, the generation of an ecological commitment and the promotion of social responsibility.

    Also in line with the Group’s values, Plantel Azteca begins operations.

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  • 1999
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    Grupo Elektra

    Grupo Elektra wins a bid to acquire 94.3% of the capital holdings of Grupo Salinas y Rocha –the founding company of the group that was separated from it in 1961. At the moment of its acquisition Salinas y Rocha was a firm dedicated to the sale of furniture, home products and furnishings, and clothing.

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    UNEFON

    Is restructured: Moisés Saba acquires 50% of the working capital, TV Azteca buys the remainder.

    Nortel finances the supply and construction of the network infrastructure.

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    Azteca

    A fully digital station is created in the state of Michoacán.

    The Board of Directors is restructured and new corporate practices are established, bringing new corporate governance practices to Mexico.

    The soap operas Catalina y Sebastián, La vida en el espejo and El Candidato are produced. These productions are very successful.

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    Fundación Azteca

    Fundación Azteca receives from the UN the Civil Society Award on the account of its ‘Vive sin Drogas’ campaign.

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  • 2000
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    Grupo Elektra

    Javier Sarro Cortina is appointed CEO of Grupo Elektra.

    The Group celebrates50 years of operation.

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    UNEFON

    The “one peso per minute” tariff scheme is introduced.

    The firm goes public via the Mexican Stock Exchange. 7% of the capital is offered.

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    Azteca

    TV Azteca acquires 50% of Todito.com and constructs the Hechos.com web page.

    One of the most successful programs ever begins, a television series which focuses on true life experiences from current day women and their social environment: Lo que Callamos las Mujeres.

    Todo por amor, La calle de las novias and Tío Alberto are produced.

    Monarcas Morelia, for the first time in its history, becomes the champion of the Mexican Winter Soccer Tournament.

    TV Azteca’s digital signal is uploaded into the Satmex 5 satellite.

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    Fundación Azteca

    Becomes a finalist in the important ‘Caracol de Plata’ award, an Ibero-American recognition to socially beneficial messages, in the Campaigns category, Health theme.

    The first technical secondary education generation graduates from Plantel Azteca.

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  • 2001
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    Grupo Elektra

    La Curacao is acquired in certain Latin American countries.

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    Azteca

    The PROMAX award is received from the International Professionals in Promotion and Marketing in Electronic Media Association for the Imagen de Nuestro México campaign.

    The soap operas: Cuando Seas Mía and Como en el cine are produced.

    With the purpose of favoring the coming together of the audience and the advertisers, Carrera Azteca is created.

    In an unprecedented event, the “Unidos por la Paz” concert is transmitted simultaneously with Televisa.

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    Azteca America

    Azteca America is launched; a Spanish-language television network which focuses on the Hispanic market of the U.S., begins operating in Los Angeles, where it covers of 16% of the total Hispanic homes.

    It affiliates new stations in five markets, reaching 28% of the Hispanic market in the U.S.

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    Fomento Cultural Grupo Salinas

    Fomento Cultural Grupo Salinas is created with the purpose of working in the promotion of the Group’s values; which are consequently edited and published as a book. Art books are elaborated with the collaboration of distinguished personalities of the Mexican cultural and intellectual fields. On the other hand, graphically, plastic artists from different generations and styles also collaborate.

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  • 2002
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    Grupo Elektra

    The stock holdings in Elektra Dominicana are sold and operations in El Salvador are gradually discontinued.

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    Banco Azteca

    The license to operate a bank is granted by the Ministry of Finance (SHCP).

    Carlos Septién is appointed CEO of the bank.

    In October, Banco Azteca begins operations with the simultaneous opening of more than 800 banking branches located inside Elektra, Salinas and Rocha, and Bodega de Remates stores.

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    Azteca

    Decides to venture in the production of reality shows with “La Academia”, the first of its type, which besides focusing on the private life of students, becomes the first project in Mexican reality television that will deliver fully trained artists.

    Now has 41 local and 65 CABS stations.

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    Azteca America

    Covers 53% of the Hispanic population.

    Fuerza Informativa Azteca reaches the U.S. via Hechos.

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    Fundación Azteca

    The first Movimiento Azteca takes place, favoring Fundación de Transplantes (FUNAT). 716 persons receive cornea transplants to regain their eyesight thanks to the P$11 million that are collected. The annual consciousness campaign to donate organs and tissues begins.

    The second Movimiento Azteca takes place, favoring Asociación Mexicana de Bancos de Alimentos. 98,000 persons receive daily meals in 20 states of the Mexican Republic during one whole year thanks to the approximately P$15 million (more than 3,100 tons in goods) that are collected.

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    Fomento Cultural Grupo Salinas

    With the purpose of supporting Mexican silver artisans, the first Premio Nacional de la Plata Hugo Salinas Price is organized. It takes place at the national level with the support of SEDESOL and FONART.

    The book El Arte de los Valores is produced.

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  • 2003
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    Grupo Elektra

    The firm begins minor restructuring in order to make its corporate structure more efficient. The ONE merges with Elektra del Milenio.

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    Banco Azteca

    Consolidates itself with 818 branches in Mexico.

    Presents a request to the Ministry of Finance (SHCP) for the approval of a reform to its statutes to broaden the scope of its banking services.

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    Iusacell

    Grupo Movil@ccess acquires 74.64% of Iusacell’s capital for US$7.4 million.

    Gustavo Guzmán is appointed CEO.

    The first high spped data and voice CDMA network is launched in Mexico City.

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    Azteca

    Shareholders approve the cash usage plan; approximately US$500 million for the distribution of capital, and around US$250 million to reduce the debt during the following six years.

    As part of its capital reduction program, the Board of Directors approves a US$140 million dividend to stockholders.

    Mirada de Mujer, El Regreso, is produced; a sequel to the previous success.

    The television network launches a new image of channels 7 and 13, Imagen de Nuestro México, based on characteristic textures and objects of our country.

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    Azteca America

    Performs its first upfront in New York City.

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    Afore Azteca

    The final approval from the Ministry of Finance (SHCP) for Seguros Azteca to purchase a private insurance company in Mexico is granted. The company acquires CIGNA Seguros, and its license to operate life, accident and health insurances.

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    Seguros Azteca

    The final approval to operate a Retirement Fund Administrator (Afore) in Mexico under the name Afore Azteca is received.

    The authorization to constitute, operate and manage a Specialized Retirement Fund Investment Society (SIEFORE) under the name Siefore Azteca is granted.

    Afore Azteca and its subsidiary Siefore Azteca begin nationwide operations.

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    Fundación Azteca

    The fourth Movimiento Azteca takes place, favoring Fundación John Langdon Down and the Asociación Down de Monterrey. With the P$7 million collected, 618 children with Down syndrome receive an integral education.

    The fifth Movimiento Azteca takes place, favoring the Asociación Mexicana de Ayuda a Niños con Cáncer and the Asociación Anticáncer Infantil de Monterrey; 150 children with cancer receive full oncology treatment with the P$14 million collected.

    The sixth Movimiento Azteca takes place, favoring Ayuda y Solidaridad con las Niñas de la Calle and Casa Paterna de Monterrey; 300 girls and boys living in the streets are reintegrated into the society thanks to the P$7 million collected.

    The seventh Movimiento Azteca takes place, favoring the Asociación Pro-personas con Parálisis Cerebral (APAC), the Instituto Nuevo Amanecer (Monterrey), Hoga (Monterrey) and Unidos (Monterrey); 860 children with brain paralysis receive rehabilitation thanks to the P$18 million collected.

    The eighth Movimiento Azteca favored sea turtles through Fomento Ecológico Banamex; almost P$15 million were collected, with which 5,800,000 sea turtles were liberated alive into the sea.

    The ninth Movimiento Azteca takes place, favoring the Fundación Nacional de Transplantes (FUNAT) and Destellos de Luz; more than 300 heart, kidney and cornea transplants are made with the P$12 million collected.

    During the tenth Movimiento Azteca, 90,000 people received daily meals in the course of one year thanks to the Asociación Mexicana de Bancos de Alimentos (AMBA) and the P$18 million collected.

    Thanks to the eleventh Movimiento Azteca and the Fundación Infantil Ronald McDonald, 3,052 children with auditory disabilities received auxiliary devices with the P$10 million collected.

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    Grupo Salinas

    Pedro Padilla is appointed Grupo Salinas CEO.

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    Grupo Elektra

    The emprendedor Azteca program is jointly launched with Banco Azteca.

    Is quoted in the Latibex market of Spain with the XTZA quoting symbol.

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    Banco Azteca

    The Panamanian Bank Superintendence grants Banco Azteca (Panama) a definitive banking license, which allows it to perform banking businesses anywhere in the Panama Republic.

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    Iusacell

    Begins to operate “Planes a tu Medida”, where the client configures his plan according to his needs.

    3G, multimedia services and Radio Plus are launched.

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    Azteca

    Olympic Games coverage.

    Announces a US$210 million dividend and pre-pays debt outstanding for US$300 million with maturity in 2007.

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    Azteca America

    It reaches 77% coverage of the Hispanic population in 38 cities.

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    Seguros Azteca

    Seguros Azteca begins operations.

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    Fundación Azteca

    The twelfth Movimiento Azteca takes place, favoring the Hospital Infantil “Federico Gómez”, with which 4,000 children with cancer receive the most modern radiotherapy treatment and P$40 million are collected.

    The thirteenth Movimiento Azteca takes place, favoring the Fideicomiso Pro-Bosque de Chapultepec, collecting P$14 million and rescuing 100 hectares of the park’s first section.

    The fourteenth Movimiento Azteca takes place. Jointly with the Fundación Kardias and the Instituto Nacional de Cardiología almost P$9 million are collected to perform 264 heart surgeries to low-income children.

    Through the fifteenth Movimiento Azteca approximately P$12 million are collected, favoring the Fundación para la Detección Oportuna del Cáncer de Mama (FUCAM), with which 66,600 mammography studies are performed.

    he sixteenth Movimiento Azteca favors the Guardianes de los Volcanes, for which P$4 million are collected to plant 300,000 fruit trees and to delimit and protect the Izta-Popo region.

    The seventeenth Movimiento Azteca takes place, favoring the Asociación Pro Personas con Parálisis Cerebral (APAC), the Instituto Nuevo Amanecer, Hoga and Unidos. P$20 million are received and 1,857 babies with brain paralysis receive stimulation.

    Through the eighteenth Movimiento Azteca, P$10 million are collected, favoring the Fundación Nacional de Trasplantes (FUNAT) and Destellos de Luz with which 612 cornea transplants are made.

    The nineteenth Movimiento Azteca favors the Fundación Michou y Mau. Approximately P$11 million are collected, and 105 children with severe life-threatening burns are saved.

    43,688 indigenous children that live more than 3km away from their school received a bicycle as a transport thanks to the twentieth Movimiento Azteca, which favored Fundación Vamos México and collected P$28 million.

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  • 2005
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    Grupo Elektra

    The Global Depositary Shares (GDSs) program with the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) ends.

    Commercial operations in Panama begin through a franchise contract with the Elektra format with a group of local investors.

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    Banco Azteca

    Banco Azteca begins operations in Panama.

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    Iusacell

    The voice and data network is improved through the implantation of EVDO-3G technology.

    The termination of the ADRs program is approved.

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    Unefon

    Begins its withdrawal process from the Mexican Stock Exchange due to its low financial performance.

    Moisés Saba is named CEO.

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    Azteca

    Announces a US$80 million cash dividend.

    Controls 100% of Azteca Internet, the Internet web page network of Todito.com.

    The termination of the ADRs program is approved.

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    Azteca America

    Reaches the Nielsen coverage, of approximately 70%, becoming a National Network.

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    Seguros Azteca

    Seguros Azteca Daños is created. Its main activity consists in operating insurances and reinsurances in damage operations, in civil responsibility and professional risks, maritime and transport risks, fire, automobile, earthquake and other catastrophic risks.

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    Fundación Azteca

    The twenty-first Movimiento Azteca favored Alianza por Asia; contributing with resources to construct 3,000 homes in the Banda Aceh region, Indonesia, collecting almost P$31 million.

    Through the twenty-second Movimiento Azteca in favor of Fundación por los Niños del Planeta, P$17 million were collected and 5,720 children, which suffer from cancer and AIDS, received a fixed catheter.

    Through the twenty-third Movimiento Azteca and the Fideicomiso “Ver bien para aprender Mejor”, 88,190 children with visual weaknesses received eyeglasses; P$7 million were collected.

    The twenty-fourth Movimiento Azteca takes place, favoring Asociación Pro Personas con Parálisis Cerebral (APAC), Instituto Nuevo Amanecer, Hoga and Unidos, for which almost P$19 million were collected and 1,000 children with brain paralysis received integral rehabilitation. Taking into account previous campaigns, 3,717 children have been treated.

    In favor of the Asociación Mexicana de Lucha contra el Cáncer, Grupo Reto, Casa de la Amistad, Luz de Vida and Fundación B. Beltrones, the twenty-fifth Movimiento Azteca collected P$19 million in cash and P$10.5 million in diagnose equipment with which 7,662persons have received cancer diagnose and cure studies.

    The twenty-sixth Movimiento Azteca takes place, favoring the Fundación Nacional de Trasplantes and Destellos de Luz. Almost P$11 million are collected and 664 cornea transplants are made. Taking into account previous campaigns, 2,292 people have benefited from some type of transplant.

    During the twenty-seventh Movimiento Azteca P$8 million are collected, favoring Fundación Michou y Mau and collaborating in the rehabilitation of 82 children with severe life-threatening burns. Taking into account previous campaigns, 187 children have been treated.

    Through the twenty-eighth Movimiento Azteca, in favor of those affected by hurricane Stan, P$3.5 million were collected to support the construction of 2,163 homes.

    54,000 indigenous children received a bicycle thanks to the twenty-ninth Movimiento Azteca in favor of Fundación Vamos México; amounting 169,465 beneficiaries with the previous campaigns.

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    Grupo Elektra

    The money transfer contract with Western Union is renewed for six more years.

    Operations under the Elektricity and Bodega de Remates formats are discontinued as part of the company’s strategy to grow through their most profitable store formats.

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    Banco Azteca

    Permission from the Guatemalan Monetary Authority is obtained to operate Banco Azteca in Guatemala.

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    Iusacell

    An agreement with creditors is reached (99% of the debt).

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    Unefon

    Unefon Holdings acquires 45.6% of Unefon from the Saba Masri family, and sells Cosmofrecuencias.

    Diego Foyo becomes CEO.

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    Azteca

    Azteca Novelas celebrates its tenth anniversary; its more than 60 productions have become part of the Mexican audience’s favorites and have won over viewers from around the world with their stories.

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    Azteca America

    Adrián Steckel is appointed CEO.

    Reaches 80% of the Hispanic population through 46 cities.

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    Seguros Azteca

    The National Insurances and Deposit Commission grants the final resolution, backing Seguros Azteca Daños’ start of operations.

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    Fundación Azteca

    Wins the Principios 2006 award from the Consejo de la Comunicación.

    Is a finalist in the Caracol de Plata award, an Ibero-American recognition to socially beneficial messages, in the Campaigns category, Health theme.

    Through the thirtieth Movimiento Azteca, favoring Fondo Unido Rotario de México, P$5 million are collected and 1,004 children with cracked lip and palate will obtain surgery, orthodontics and language therapy.

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    Fundación Azteca America

    Benefits 20,000 children with the Juguetón organized in Los Angeles.

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  • 2007
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    Grupo Elektra

    Carlos Septién becomes CEO of Grupo Elektra, substituting Javier Sarro, who assumes the responsibility of the Group’s international expansion.

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    Banco Azteca

    The Honduran National Banking and Insurance Commission authorizes the operation of Banco Azteca in this country. Banco Azteca will positively complement operations of the commercial division of the company in this country.

    Operations in Argentina and Guatemala begin. In this last country, 75 points of sale are opened simultaneously, which represents national coverage.

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    Azteca

    “Las siete del siete” celebrates its first decade on-air, informing on the seven most important news generated in the course of each day.

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    Azteca America

    Successfully performs its fifth Upfront with the record presence of more than 900 people.

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    Fundación Azteca America

    The first International Movimiento Azteca takes place, jointly with Fundación Azteca; favoring the habitat of the Grey Whale in Baja California.

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    Fomento Cultural Grupo Salinas

    The 100-year history of Grupo Salinas commemoration book is being produced.

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  • 2008
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    Grupo Elektra

    FAW Enters into fast growing mexican car market.

    Begin operations in Brazil through Elektra retail model and Banco Azteca do Brasil.

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    Banco Azteca

    On January, is launched in Peru. Afterward on March, Banco Azteca launch operations in the most bigger market in Latin America: Brazil

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    Iusacell

    With Aicent supporting, supplier leader in data solutions, Iusacell will offer a high speed data connection for their users in China, without change the mobile phone.

    The Tecnologico de Monterrey and Grupo Iusacell, launched the academic program “Educative Technology for Mobile Learning”; thanks to this technology, the college students will access to courses, conferences, and media contents through wireless gadgets.

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    Azteca

    TV Azteca enters the broadcast television market in Guatemala thanks to a strategic alliance with Latitud TV. Through the alliance, TV Azteca acquires about 70% of the equity of Latitud TV and will transmit its content on UHF channels 31 and 35, which cover GuatemalaIn the 2Q of the year announces net sales of P$2.4 milliards; meanwhile, the sales increased 9%, and the net income 48%.

    Celebrates the 15th anniversary, constituted as a Value-Added Broadcasting through the effort and the continuous work, of inform, entertain, and to build up a better Mexico.

    Celebrates the 15th anniversary, constituted as a Value-Added Broadcasting through the effort and the continuous work, of inform, entertain, and to build up a better Mexico.

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    Azteca America

    Azteca America announces a five years agreement with Pappas Telecasting, who will permit the broadcastings until the end of 2012, in Los Angeles station, KAZA-TV Channel 54. The station has “full range power”, covering whole market of Los Angeles,including Los Angeles and Orange counties.

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    Fundación Azteca America

    The University of Denver Latino Center and Grupo Salinas’ Fundacion Azteca America released a report that calls for a Presidential Commission on Latino Issues to increase Latino access to vital educational, health, economic and civic opportunities.

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    Fundación Azteca

    With the develop of the last Movimiento Azteca, counting with the following sponsors: Dibujando un Mañana Foundation, HSBC and SC Jonson, to rise US$1 million. This money will help homeless girls’ rehabilitation in Mexico.

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    GS Motors

    Kathleen Ligocki was appointed to be CEO of GS Motors, a Grupo Salinas transportation company. Ligocki, has more than three decades of experience and value creation in the automobile industry.

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    Grupo Salinas

    Once again, Grupo Salinas is a proud sponsor of the La Ciudad de las Ideas Forum.

    Grupo Elektra and TV Azteca, receive environmental certification by federal and local governments.

    Grupo Salinas’s corporate web site and Ricardo Salinas’s web page were awarded the iNova prize for their contents and presentation.

    Grupo Salinas, in its second anniversary as an active member of the Inter American Press Association, starts a multimedia program against violence towards journalists.

    A strategic alliance is signed with Maersk Logistics.

    Launch of Hi-tv.

    Launch of the new modality of Roads to Freedom, which is additional, focused on the youth in a multimedia format.

    The companies that integrate Grupo Salinas join the celebrations of the Bicentennial of the Mexican Independence.

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    Grupo Elektra

    Relaunching of the Elektra brand.

    Launching of Azteca Mobile Network, a system that provides banking through Banco Azteca, and multimedia entertainment through a Blackberry provided by Iusacell.

    Grupo Elektra has more than 2,000 selling points in Mexico, Central- and Southamerica.

    Elektra celebrates 10 years of being in Peru.

    The Financial Strategy area of Grupo Salinas launches the new Investor Relations web page of Grupo Elektra.

    Conducts the annual session on Leadership in Acapulco with the theme: Learning to Teach.

    The Operation of Autos Elektra starts.

    Grupo Elektra launches its online shop: www.tiendaelektra.com.mx

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    Banco Azteca

    Banco Azteca was officially inaugurated in El Salvador; completing a milestone in its expansion strategy.

    Reaches 9 million credit accounts and 7 million captation accounts.

    Banco Azteca got recognized as one of the 20 best companies in Mexico for its technological innovations by Information Week.

    Banco Azteca is a microfinance study case in the book “Microfinance for Bankers and Inverstors” written by Elisabeth Rhyne.

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    Iusacell

    Adrian Steckel was appointed COO of Iusacell.

    Iusacell Network’s Operation Centre celebrates its 10th anniversary.

    Iusacell launches the Blackberry Storm 3G exclusively. This is the first Blackberry Storm sold in Mexico.

    Unefon is re-launched.

    Unefon starts the Une-T program.

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    Azteca

    Azteca Deportes has launched the preceding campaign after the Soccer World Cup to be held in South Africa.

    Oficially starts the Bicentennial campaign.

    Azteca realizes the 9th edition of the Carrera Azteca, an event that promotes the sport in Mexico.

    Begins the edification of the new studios of Azteca Novelas, expected to be concluded in 2012.

    TV Azteca launches its new website, renewing its multimedia contents.

    The Mexico Green campaign is presented in collaboration with Fundación Azteca.

    Signature of the strategic alliance with Globo TV.

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    Azteca America

    Transmits the coverage of the Inauguration Ceremony of Barack Obama as the new President of the United States to Mexico, the U.S. and the Americas

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    GS Motors

    Italika exceeds the 120,000 mark in a year the manufactured motorcycles in the Ensámblika facility.

    Italika launches the the call for the first photography contest “Your Mission is to Photograph our Mission”.

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    Fundación Azteca America

    Fundacion Azteca America began its campaign to promote the participation of the Hispanic Community residing in the United States in the 2010 Census.

    The Foundation, together with other Hispanic organizations in the United States, launched the campaign “Education: ¡It’s your Future!”.

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    Fundación Azteca

    The first of many Rural Cities, Nuevo Juan de Grijalva was inaugurated, a project featured by Fundacion Azteca.

    Fundacion Azteca del Peru held its first year of existence, helping Peruvian children in rural regions.

    Fundación delivers to Plantel Azteca’s students, the Educative Bond 2009.

    It takes place the celebration of the first 50 Movimientos Azteca.

    Fundacion Azteca awards “The cleanest cities in Mexico.”

    Starts the Promise Azteca Project with an orchestral ensemble of almost 300 children.

    The 14° Juguetón reaches its goal of collecting and distributing more than 15 million toys in Mexico, the U.S. and, for the first time, in Guatemala.

    The campaign “¡The Lacandona Jungle Lives!” in its 5th edition, took the painting contest’s 32 winning children to explore the natural reserve in Chiapas.

    Launches the “Let’s Clean Our Mexico” campaign as an initiative of Grupo Salinas and Fundación Azteca in collaboration with the Natural Resources Secretary and the civil society.

    Esteban Moctezuma, Executive President of Fundación Azteca, delivers mobile fumigation equipments that are used to combat Dengue and Malaria in Chiapas,

    More than 3.5 tons of trash were disposed the 31st of may as the result of the “Let’s Clean Our Mexico“ campaign.

    The 50th Azteca Movement took place. Its goal was to raise funds to help Mexican children to be born healthy. P$17.3 millones were raised and given to the National Network to Prevent Discapacity (RENAPRED).

    Inauguration of Fundación Azteca Guatemala.

    Ricardo B. Salinas heads the graduation ceremony of the 7th generation of Plantel Azteca.

    The 51st Azteca Movement raised P$90 millions destined to the Mexican Association of Food Banks (AMBA).

    The 52nd Azteca Movement overreached its expectations by raising P$13 million to help homeless girls thru the Painting a Tomorrow Foundation.

    Fundación Azteca launches its new webpage, with a new design and important information about its projects: www.fundacionazteca.org.

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    Grupo Salinas

    Grupo Salinas, SEMARNAT, SEP, Grupo Bimbo and Grupo Alen, present the second campaign “Let’s Clean Up Our Mexico”.

    The site RicardoSalinas.com receives the iNova award, an international prize to the best sites on Internet.

    On March 21 begins the second clean-up campaign as part of the “Clean Up Our Mexico” Campaign.

    Grupo Salinas is sponsor of the forum entitled “Law, Justice and Public Security: Challenges for Mexico and its Neighbors” at Georgetown University.

    The Government of Chiapas recognizes the philanthropic work of Grupo Salinas, through the award of the Medal “Fray Matias de Cordova” delivered to Ricardo B. Salinas Pliego.

    The Grupo Salinas’ philosphy is shared in several universities in Mexico and the United States, through the lectures of some of its executives.

    In support of the Latino community living in the U.S., we sponsored the 6th Leadership Forum, organized by the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute.

    Grupo Salinas participates in the 8th Investor Relations Forum, organized by the BMV and AMERI, an effort to maintain dialogue between the company and the investor community.

    Grupo Salinas participates in the Sixth Recognition Leadership Forum, held in Washington.

    Grupo Salinas’ companies attend the Mexican Investor Forum Ameri-BMV.

    The brigades that participated in the second campaign “Limpiemos nuestro México” are rewarded for their outstanding efforts.

    The University of Michigan recognizes the support of Fundación Azteca in the construction of the rural town Nuevo Juan del Grijalva, Chiapas.

    AMERI executives visit Grupo Salinas to know the business philosophy of Richard B. Salinas Pliego.

    Grupo Salinas welcomes a new edition of La Ciudad de las Ideas, an event that convenes the world's brightest minds.

    European financial analysts and investors show great interest in Group companies during the 12 Foro Latibex.

    For its programs to reduce energy consumption and demand, Grupo Salinas received the National Award for Electrical Energy Conservation 2010.

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    Grupo Elektra

    Grupo Elektra launches in-house brand: ekt.

    Italika rolls out its 2010 models.

    The Elektra’s Showroom gave an advance of the product lines.

    TiendaElektra.com surpasses the 4 million of visitors, with sales 60 percent higher than its nearest competitor.

    5th Anniversary of Italika.

    Elektra begins the publication of a comic book under the title of “Familia Luchón”, focused on the basic concepts of finances and domestic economy.

    Grupo Elektra celebrates its 60th anniversary, adding one year as part of the homes in Mexico and Latin America.

    Grupo Elektra celebrates 60 years in a strong position in the retail market in Mexico.

    During the second quarter, sales grew by 13%.

    Italika introduced two new models in the Expomoto, expanding its product range and also sponsors the Nascar Corona Series.

    The third quarter results are favorable, with 12% increase in sales.

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    Banco Azteca

    Banco Azteca reaches 9 million of credit accounts and 7 million of savings accounts.

    The delinquency rate reaches 5.9%, while the loan portfolio is twice of the nearest competitor.

    Launching of Cuenta Evolucion, the most innovative financial product developed by Banco Azteca.

    Banco Azteca launches new debit account: Evolution.

    The number of credit accounts reached 9.3 million.

    Banco Azteca launches Monedero Azteca, a prepaid card aimed at the base of the pyramid.

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    Iusacell

    Iusacell provides Mobile Broadband service BAM to more than 100,000 customers throughout Mexico.

    Iusacell Mexico brings the first handset with Android, the operative system designed by Google.

    Unefon began operations with the GSM system.

    The company markets successfully the new Motorola Motoroi.

    Ubicacel Vehicular, a new satellite tracking device for cars is launched.

    Unefon announces expansion of its services through a GSM network.

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    Azteca

    TV Azteca begins the broadcast of “Segunda Oportunidad”, an artistic show.

    “Vidas Robadas” , a telenovela, marks the return of Christian Bach to Mexican television.

    Launches “Who wants to be a Millionaire?”

    At the first quarter, reported a sells increase of 11%

    Azteca Deportes introduces the team that will cover the Soccer World Cup South Africa 2010.

    Azteca 7 has premiered its block of children’s programming, branded as SKAPE, a derivative of the Spanish word for escape, the grid features top Disney hits.

    TV Azteca broadcasted the World Cup South Africa 2010, under the seal of “The Spirit of the Aztec Team”

    Laura Bozzo, the famous host, starts her new program for Mexican television: “Laura de Todos.”

    La Entrevista con Sarmiento turns 13 years.

    TV Azteca becomes the new broadcaster of Necaxa.

    Students from the Universidad Anahuac del Norte visit TV Azteca. They meet with Ricardo B. Salinas.

    Azteca TV channels broadcast Javier Aguirre promotional and spots of Iniciativa México.

    Azteca Deportes team has an outstanding work during the broadcast of soccer World Cup.

    “La entrevista con Sarmiento” reaches its thirteenth anniversary.

    Azteca 7 schedule is renewed with new episodes of favorite shows and new productions. .

    TV Azteca broadcasts for the first time, Necaxa games.

    Start the video recordings of “Entre el amor y el deseo”, in co-production with Globo TV.

    The company launched the project “¿Quieres repensar la historia?”, a series of 25 capsules that show a different view of the history of Mexico.

    TV Azteca announces another project to celebrate the Bicentennial, “13 formas de amar a mi México”, a series of short films by prominent filmmakers.

    Begins “Lotería Mexicana”, a project that supports family life and national culture.

    “La Academia Bicentenario” starts a new season of the popular music reality show

    Masaaiki Imai, father of the philosophy of “Continuous Improvement” (Kaizen), visited TV Azteca.

    Azteca 7 launched “Drenaje profundo”, a series of great suspense and police investigation.

    During the third quarter, the company reported outstanding results with a 17% increase in sales.

    Rocío Sánchez Azuara returns to TV Azteca with her talk show “Cosas de la vida”.

    Thousands of people participate in the tenth edition of TV Azteca race.

    The boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito, achieves record audience.

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    Azteca America

    Azteca America Afiliates visit TV Azteca

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    Fundación Azteca America

    Fundacion Azteca America, Hermes Music Foundation, the City of Los Angeles and the Consulate of Mexico in Los Angeles gave 15.000 toys for children of the Hispanic community.

    3rd Anniversary of “Issues: Caras y Voces”.

    Azteca America supports the campaign to encourage participation of Hispanics in the U.S. 2010 Census.

    The foundation launched a campaign called “I too am America”, to promote debate on U.S. immigration reform.

    Fundación Azteca America promotes “State of Latinos: Truth in Immigration”, a space for reflection on the phenomenon of migration.

    A new forum about the Latino community is done in Florida, with participation of academics, politicians, journalists, social and religious leaders.

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    Fundación Azteca

    Juguetón 2010, the largest toy drive in Mexico, collected more than 15 million of new toys this year, helping bring joy to needy children on January 6, Three Kings’ Day. The kick-off for the deliveries was held in Merida, Yucatán, with Jorge Garralda and Yucatán Governor Ivonne Ortega. .

    The first Movimiento Azteca of the year was dedicated to Michou and Maou Foundation.

    Esteban Moctezuma and the Governor Jaime Sabines, presided the laying of the foundation stone of the second Rural City Santiago El Pinar, Chiapas.

    Fundacion Azteca made a trip to the Lacandon Jungle, with the winners of the 6th children's drawing competition “¡Qué Viva la Selva Lacandona!”

    The 55th Movimiento was dedicated to RENAPRED, the national network to prevent birth defects.

    Movimiento Azteca LVI is dedicated to Casa de la Amistad, whose job is to assist children with cancer.

    Esperanza Azteca reaches to Veracruz to integrate an orchestra.

    Fundacion Azteca does acknowledge the outstanding brigades during the “Let´s Clean Up Our Mexico 2010” campaign.

    In an emotional ceremony, headed by Ricardo B. Salinas, ended the academic year Plantel Azteca, recognized the excellence of the most outstanding students with a medal.

    In support of Dibujando un Mañana Foundation, the Movimiento Azteca LVII organized to foster children.

    Through Acción Azteca, we assisted the victims of Hurricane Alex in the states of Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas.

    Baja California, Campeche, Chiapas, Estado de México, Guanajuato, Nayarit and Oaxaca are added to Esperanza Azteca initiative.

    Esperanza Azteca opened its Web site: www.esperanzaazteca.com.mx.

    Movimiento Azteca number 56 exceeds fundraising goal for the care of children with cancer.

    Plantel Azteca concludes successfully the 2009-2010 school year.

    Movimiento Azteca raises funds in support of homeless girls.

    Círculo Editorial Azteca presents the book “La Castañeda”.

    Fundación promotes a campaign to help flood victims in Nuevo León and Tamaulipas.

    To raise awareness about the garbage problem, the foundation announced the competition “Ciudades más limpias de México” y “Recicla 2010.”

    Movimiento Azteca is supporting the Asociación Mexicana de Bancos de AlimentosMexican with funds for more than 50 thousand people in food poverty.

    The Symphonic Orchestra Esperanza Azteca had a performance in Puebla.

    For the seventh time, the foundation makes the call for children's drawing contest “Que viva la Selva Lacandona.”

    The edition number 59 of Movimiento Azteca exceeds expectations for raising resources to support Cruz Roja Mexicana.

    The campaign “Vive sin drogas” against addiction, visits several states in the country.

    The National Symphony Orchestra Esperanza Azteca captivates those present at the great concert at the Auditorio Nacional.

    Donativo Hormiga 2010 donates various items to benefit 60 aid institutions.

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    Caminos de la Libertad

    With the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, begins a forum about the politic reform entitled “The Democracy we have, the State we want”.

    Caminos de la Libertad launches the 5th Essay Contest.

    Caminos de la Libertad lanza la 5ª Convocatoria al Concurso de Ensayo Caminos de la Libertad.

    For the second time invited the youngsters to translate an artistic way of thinking about freedom.

    Ricardo B. Salinas awards prizes to the winners of the 5th Essay Contest “Caminos de la Libertad”, with a special recognition to former Spanish President Felipe Gonzalez.

    The second edition of “Caminos de la Libertad” for Youth exceeds expectations. Ricardo B. Salinas awards the prizes.

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    Grupo Salinas

    The Aspen Institute and Caminos de la Libertad of Grupo Salinas organize the Freedom to Communicate (F2C) forum

    Ricardo Salinas presents his leadership project : Kybernus

    Luis Niño de Rivera participates in OAS Private Sector Dialogue Towards the VI Summit of the Americas

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    Grupo Elektra

    Elektra and Western Union renew their strategic partnership agreement.

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    Azteca

    Azteca broadcasts the Viña del Mar music festival

    The broadcasts of Super Bowl XLVI and Box Azteca break ratings records.

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    Fundación Azteca

    The Juguetón toy drive collects 16,151,773 toys for needy children in Mexico, Guatemala and the United States.

    Esperanza Azteca debuts youth orchestra in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, in the State of Mexico.

    Esperanza Azteca makes its international debut during the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) Cultural Celebration of Mexico at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

    Fundacion Azteca holds its fourth annual Limpiemos Nuestro México national cleanup campaign. During the event, more than 6 million people in 120.000 brigades, collected 30.500 tons, equivalent to a line of dump trucks that would stretch for 30 miles.

    Movimiento Azteca delivers 138 ambulances to the Mexican Red Cross.

    Esperanza Azteca choir sings for Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Mexico.

    Caminos de la Libertad recognizes young talent in the expression of freedom through the third annual Caminos de la Libertad para Jóvenes (Paths to Freedom for Youth) contest.

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    Fomento Cultural Grupo Salinas

    Fomento Cultural Grupo Salinas sponsors the “Journey to the Architectural Heritage of Mexico” photo exhibition at the CECUT museum in Tijuana,

    Fomento Cultural participates in a collective silver exhibition at the Museo Arocena, in Torreon, Coahuila.

    Call for entries for the 6th Hugo Salinas Price National Silver Award

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    Grupo Salinas

    Jugueton 2013 gathers more than 16 million of toys to give happiness and smiles to children in Mexico, US and Guatemala.

    ALAS, a Grupo Salinas’ executive program, starts with the second generation

    Grupo Salinas and Singularity University realesed a contest to develop ideas for Mexico.

    Ricardo Salinas Ricardo Salinas celebrates five years with his Blog.

    Azteca Comunicaciones deployed in Colombiaa a fiber optic network with 19,000 kilometers extending over 753 municipalities.

    Ricardo Salinas announces the fifth “Limpiemos Nuestro México” Cleanup Campaign

    Ricardo Salinas Pliego meets with Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

    Mexico needs a cultural revolution, said Ricardo Salinas during the 12th National Convention of the American Chamber

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    Azteca

    Azteca launches its new website www.azteca.com

    This year Azteca celebrates its 20th Anniversary.

    La Entrevista con Sarmiento, another year of ethical journalism.

    Margarita Black appointed new Vice President of Programming at Azteca America.

    Azteca America makes Upfront sales presentation in New York.

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    Fundación Azteca America

    Fundacion Azteca supports a comprehensive immigration reform in United States.

    Azteca America organizes conference on immigration in Chicago

    Azteca America organizes forum “What Would Immigration Reform Mean for Houston?”

    Grupo Salinas organizes forum on immigration in Washington, D.C.

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    Fundación Azteca

    Fundacion Azteca and Grupo Salinas are sponsors of FIRST Robotics Competition Mexico, an innovative contest of robotics, Plantel Azteca participated with a team.

    Fundacion Azteca de Cholula, Puebla debuts.

    Emotional Reunion of Plantel Azteca School Alumni

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    Fomento Cultural Grupo Salinas

    Fomento Cultural Grupo Salinas participates in the exhibition “Wonders of light, Sorolla and his contemporaries“.

    Through www.fcgs.mx, Fomento Cultural Grupo Salinas launches the virtual tour of “Reporte Kahlo“

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    Caminos de la Libertad

    Caminos de la Libertad rewards participants for its 4th art and multimedia contest Caminos de la Libertad para Jovenes.

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    Proyecto 40

    Proyecto 40 begin to broadcast under HD format.

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