Fernando Fernández Tapias is 82 years old, an age at which most people have been retired from work for a long time, especially if he has a healthy checking account as a result of years being one of the entrepreneurs with his own voice within the Spanish scene. He, a man of those who say they have made themselves, has continued to lead several of their companies after having sold his main company for 1.35 billion dollars in 2003 (about 1,128 million euros at the current exchange rate), but little could he imagine that his most painful battle was yet to come.
This Tuesday, the businessman who was also president of CEIM, the Madrid Business Confederation-CEOE between 1985 and 2002 and is still the first vice president of Real Madrid , had to defend himself in court de Madrid of the lawsuit filed by his three oldest children. Fernando, Borja and Iñigo, 55, 54 and 52 years old respectively, are suing their father to get the Justice to declare him incapable and to be able to challenge the transfer of powers that his conglomerate of companies made just a few weeks ago thanks to his approval. The Compañía Naviera F. Tapias Group covers several business sectors, according to its own website, but it focuses on maritime and land transport and among its fleet it has, for example, 11 large tonnage ships , all of them with Spanish flag . If almost no company is free from internal power struggles, the tear of the confrontation is greater if those who try to achieve or maintain their patch of influence are members of the same family. This is what has happened in the Fernández Tapias saga, whose eight children – one of them, Bosco, died in 2010 while diving in Lanzarote – are the result of the businessman's three marriages.
Those who now face their father are three of the four offspring he had with his first wife, Victoria Riva, daughter of the owner of the Suardíaz shipping company and responsible for the first push that Fernández Tapias received to begin his climb of business success. Her boyfriend, and later husband, made good friends with the one who ended up becoming her father-in-law and made her ideas grow at the same rate as her family. Nobody could blame him for anything, he was the seventh child of the 12 who had a couple from Vigo who owned a discreet canning factory in Cambados (Pontevedra) and was used to working hard in his father's business. There, from the age of 16, he knew what it was like to earn a living and live in a "room with an iron bed, a basin and a basin" for every company, as he told Vanity Fair magazine in 2015 .
His gift of people, His sympathy, that imposing man's plant that impresses with his voice and his mere presence helped his take off in the business world as much as the support of his father-in-law. A success that began in 1976 when Interoll created what became Naviera F Tapias, which became the most important in Spain specialized in oil. But not even the harmony between son-in-law and father-in-law or the four children that the marriage had prevented the businessman – known on a personal level for his reputation as gallant – from falling in love again and marrying Juana García Courel with whom he had a second marriage. two other children, Sandra and Juan Carlos, Tito, who are 38 and 35 years old. The unwritten chronicles affirm that some years later it was she who left him for another love and that he took refuge in a well-known affair with the model, and now a fashion entrepreneur, Mar Flores . A relationship that, for a time, informatively took him out by speaking of business circles to place him in that of gossip magazines.
When that ephemeral love affair ended – not before becoming a vaudeville with third parties through which the Entrepreneur did not come off very well – Fernando Fernández Tapias found consolation in a friend of Flores, who by dint of lending him her shoulder and listening to his troubles ended up becoming his third wife. She is Nuria González, 52, the businessman's third and current wife and the mother of his two young children, Iván and Alma, 18 and 13 years old . A relationship that nobody bet on but that has remained firm since 2002 when they married and González, who had been the girlfriend of Real Madrid player Raúl González, opted to become her husband's faithful squire and his right hand, according to her statement. himself years ago.
The couple frequented numerous acts of the so-called Madrid high society, but since 2016 they have lived more indoors in their mansion in the Puerta de Hierro urbanization in Madrid, which does not prevent them from seeing them frequently in the Real Madrid box with Florentino Pérez, A great friend of the businessman, without apparently Fernando Fernández Tapias presenting any problem that leads to his incapacitation. The last time it happened in the closed-door match in which the white team faced Real Sociedad in the Valdebebas field. Precisely the president of Real Madrid has been one of the people who has not hesitated to testify in the trial in favor of his friend and against the claims of his three oldest children. As have his wife, Nuria González, journalist Lalo Azcona, and his own son, Iván, who denied that his father suffered from any type of cognitive impairment.
The current conflict is not motivated by anything other than the decision to name to his son Juan Carlos, Tito, as the new president of the Shipping Company F Tapias Galicia, whose main business nucleus is currently in Mexico. A decision motivated by age more than by health and by the confidence he has in precisely that descendant who in 2010 had to bend his ears and ask his father for money after the failure of the club in South Beach (Miami) that he had set up together with other partner. That has been the final decision that has caused the movement of the older children to regain the parcel of power from which they have been stripped, and that is now the reason for an unexpected disagreement that those who know Fernández Tapias say they carry with the tranquility and the dignity that has characterized him for many years.