Adriana Cisneros

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Adriana Cisneros Phelps de Griffin
Born Adriana Cisneros Phelps
(1979-12-17) December 17, 1979 (age 37)
Caracas, Venezuela
Nationality Venezuelan
Occupation CEO and Vice Chairman
Grupo Cisneros

Adriana Cisneros Phelps de Griffin (born December 17, 1979) is a Venezuelan journalist and the CEO and Vice Chairman of Grupo Cisneros, a privately owned media, entertainment, digital media, real estate, tourism resorts and consumer products organization.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Cisneros was born in Caracas, Venezuela, to Gustavo Cisneros and Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Cisneros' paternal grandfather was Diego Cisneros, who founded Grupo Cisneros. Her maternal grandfather was William H. Phelps, Jr. Her paternal great-grandfather was noted businessman and ornithologist, William H. Phelps, Sr., who, in 1953, started the first television station in Venezuela.[2]

In 2002, Cisneros received a BA from Columbia University. In 2005 she received an MA in journalism from New York University. In 2010, Cisneros attended Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development.


Grupo Cisneros[edit]

Cisneros is the third generation of her family to lead Grupo Cisneros. Her paternal grandfather, Diego Cisneros, was the organization’s founder, and she is the daughter of its former Chairman, Gustavo Cisneros and Patricia Phelps.[2]

In 2013, Cisneros was appointed CEO of Grupo Cisneros.[1] At this time, Cisneros structured the Group in four corporate divisions:

  • Cisneros Media: Includes the Venezuelan TV Channel, Venevisión, as well as cable TV channels Venevision Plus, VmasTV and VePlusTV. Grupo Cisneros is the owner of the Miss Venezuela Organization, which holds a record six Miss World and seven Miss Universe titles.[3] Besides it includes the corporate enterprises as Cisneros Media Distribution; Venevision Productions; the record labels VeneMusic and Siente Music and the concert producer and promoter VeneShow
  • Cisneros Interactive: Digital media division created on 2011, focused on digital and mobile publicity, e-commerce, social games and crowd-founding. It includes RedMas and Adsmovil companies, besides investment enterprises as Cuponidad,[4] Mobly, and Queremos
  • Cisneros Real Estate: Real Estate division which includes Tropicalia,[5] a sustainable tourism development located in Dominican Republic
  • Consumer Products & Services: Division integrated by Laboratorios FISA, the corporate travel agency SAECA and the radio communications company, Americatel

Fundación Cisneros[edit]

Cisneros has served as the President of the Fundación Cisneros, a non-profit organization founded by her parents, Gustavo Cisneros and Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, that strives to improve education in Latin America and foster global awareness of the region’s heritage and its contribution to world culture. She also oversaw the foundation’s educational initiatives, including the teacher training program, Actualización de Maestros en Educación (AME).



  • 2015: NATPE Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award[7] Recipient, with her father, Gustavo Cisneros[8]

Personal life[edit]

Cisneros is married to novelist, Nicholas Griffin.[9] They have a son, Tomas, and another child.[10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Krischer Goodman, Cindy (27 October 2013). "Adriana Cisneros: The New Face of Cisneros Group". Miami Herald. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Yearwood, John (1 February 2012). "Adriana Cisneros - Interview with The World Desk The Miami Herald". Miami Herald. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (9 November 2013). "Venezuela wins seventh Miss Universe as nation keeps churning out beauty amid economic crisis". Fox News. Associated Press. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Mendoza de López, Antonieta (26 July 2012). "The Cisneros Group Teams up with the E-Commerce Company, Cuponidad, to Maximize Its Potential in Latin America". Reuters. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Cisneros Names Patrick Freeman President Of Newly Formed Cisneros Real Estate". PRWeb. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "About: Executive Members". International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award". NATPE. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "NATPE 2015 Bio Reel: Gustavo & Adriana Cisneros, Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award Recipients". NATPE. 28 January 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Neuman, William (9 January 2005). "Big Deal; Never Too Rich or Too Thin, Even With a Town House". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Gordon, Amanda (12 September 2007). "Out & About". The New York Sun. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Authors: Nicholas Griffin". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 

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