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Jenkins of Mexico: How a Southern Farm Boy Became a Mexican Magnate

Andrew Paxman


William O. Jenkins (1878–1963) was a Tennessee farm boy who ventured to Mexico in search of fortune and became that country’s wealthiest and most infamous industrialist. Dropping out of Vanderbilt, Jenkins eloped with a southern belle and settled in Mexico in 1901. Driven by a desire to prove himself—first to his wife’s snobbish family, then to elites who disdained him as an American—Jenkins would spend the next six decades building an enormous fortune in textiles, property, sugar, banking, and film. Already a millionaire when the Revolution of 1910 broke out, Jenkins began speculating in prop ... More

Keywords: William Jenkins, Mexico, Mexican Revolution, Puebla, sugar, banking, film industry, cinema, philanthropy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190455743
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190455743.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Paxman, author
Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE)