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Name: Mestre, Julio Angel

Historical Note:

Julio Angel Mestre is an exiled Cuban economist who was born in Havana, Cuba in 1935. He is the son of Aida Margarita Cordovés Bolaños and Juan José Mestre Miyares and grandson of Julio Cordovés y de la Paz and Isabel Bolaños Fundora. The Cordovés and Bolaños families were involved in Cuba's Wars of Independence against Spain. Rosario (Charo) and Encarnita Lastra, great-aunts of Mestre, were members of the Cuban Liberation Army (Mambises) within the brigade headed by José María Aguirre, Chief of the Division of Havana, and served under Generalísimo Máximo Gómez.

Mestre studied at the Colegio de la Salle in Havana and graduated with a degree in economics from the Universidad Católica de Santo Tomás de Villanueva in 1957. He served as number 3195 in the Brigade 2506 during the Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba in 1961. Later, he worked for Union Panamericana in Washington, DC (1963-1965), for CBS/Time Life (1965-1968), and for Kodak Corp. in Venezuela (1968-1972). Mestre established private businesses in Venezuela, Santo Domingo, and Madrid. He and his wife, Sandra Teresita Caballero, have two sons. After residing for many years in Venezuela, Mestre now makes his home in the United States.

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