is not an idyllic run of luck. Its thriving companies have had the backing of
the Chavez government since 2004. It was that year when he began to undergo a
transformation from a modest merchant to a corporate leader in the South
American country. He had registered, then, with his current wife, Darin Wahbeh
Saroukhan, the Atahualpa Group.
muscle of its business activities has been the military. In Fuerte Tiuna, the
main military installation in the country, in the southwest of Caracas, he
developed the Tiuna Industrial Complex I. There, in the heart of the barracks
that serves as headquarters for the Ministry of Defense, operates his drinking
water bottling plant and its textile factory; both make up the Atahualpa Group
in an unusual location.
his other companies in Venezuela, there is Representaciones y Servicios ADWD,
Distribuidora Todo Sur, Texticentro II, Servicios Industriales El Gran País,
Productos Serigráficos Atahualpa. While his favorite clients include Banco de la
Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana, Petróleos de Venezuela, the National
Electoral Council (CNE), Sidor (Siderúrgica del Orinoco "Alfredo Maneiro"), the
National Telephone Company of Venezuela (Cantv), Movilnet, Government of the
Capital District, Corporación Venezolana de la Juventud Productora (Venezuelan
Corporation of Producing Youth), Ministry of Communes, Venezuelan Institute of
Social Security (IVSS), among other state-dependent agencies.