The goalkeeper of the Mexican team, memo ochoastar of the team led by Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, stands out on the court and in business. The captain of the ‘Tri’ for the Qatar World Cup 2022 He is an entrepreneur by family tradition and an investor by personal taste, technological startups being his favorite bet.
With 37 years of age and almost two decades on the courts, Francisco Guillermo Ochoa Magana, is one of the great stars of Mexican soccer internationally. The native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, is valued at €1.2 millionreports Forbes.
Currently, ‘Paco Memo’ is the highest paid player in the America club and the third of all MX League. His salary is 94.3 million Mexican pesos yearnamely, 1.8 million a week according to data from Salary Sports. Sufficient capital to do good business and investments.
Salary is not everything, you have to know how to invest it
Beyond his earnings as a goalkeeper, Ochoa has collaborated as the image of countless brands such as Coke, vic, Nike, Michelob Ultra, Bimbo, Xbox, Hugo Boss Y Expedia, among other. He also owns the brands iam8a Y Ys8awhich he uses as his stamp on social networks, in the style of Cristiano Ronaldo (CR7).
The entrepreneurial vein comes from heredity. His family owns the popular restaurant chain Don Polo Cakes, a business with more than 60 years of existence, where Memo Ochoa ventured as an investor almost since he began his career. Since then he has become one of the most active Mexican athletes in business.
In 2007, the footballer teamed up with several teammates to found Super Service Cuauhtémoc and Collado. It is a company located in Xalapa, Veracruz, that sells gasoline and diesel supplied by Pemex. Among his partners were Dulio Davino, Fernando Arce, Alfredo González Tahuilán, Carlos Alberto Sánchez and José Antonio ‘Gringo’ Castro. The company was sold in 2017 to businessmen Ramiro Nieto Arvirzu and Blanca Elizabeth Nieto Miranda, according to Forbes.
Memo Ochoa prepares for retirement
The national team is aware that it already counts as a veteran, although it could still play a few more years, since there is no strict age limit to retire as a footballer. For example, the Mexican Oscar ‘Rabbit’ Perez He retired at the age of 46 and is considered one of the longest-lived footballers in history. However, Memo prefers to foresee his future now to ensure a good life when he hangs up his gloves.
“The years go by and they don’t forgive you. More in a sector like sports, where everything is based on physical capacity, ”Ochoa said in February 2022 to Business Insider Mexico.
In this sense, he has said on several occasions that he has always thought that you cannot depend on a single income.
“On a personal, family level, I have been able to make a part of the heritage, a solid part, where I have left a space for investments. As they say out there, putting your eggs in a different basket is important, and that’s how the idea of growth has emerged”, the goalkeeper commented to Millennium last June.
The goalkeeper of the Mexican National Team diversifies his assets with technological startups
In June 2021, Memo Ochoa made his first big bet by becoming a shareholder of the Latin American unicorn kavak. The startup, valued at 8.7 billion dollars, is dedicated to buying and selling on-line of pre-owned and used cars. Also the Mexican pilot Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez is a shareholder of the company, like the soccer player Katty ‘Killer’ Martinezforward of the Mexican Women’s Soccer Team.
Shortly after, in September of that year, the América goalkeeper confirmed his participation as the main partner of the venture capital fund. Altered Ventures, specialized in videogames, eSports and VR/AR.
“Ochoa has committed funds for a joint investment with Altered Ventures of one million dollars, towards a hybrid strategy between public and private markets,” the company revealed at the time. They detailed that Memo’s investment “will be directed towards startups and venture projects”, but it will only invest in projects that are based in Latin America.
During 2022, the man from Guadalajara has invested in two startups in the sector technology very different, but equally promising: Trebel Y troquer.
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