| Sociedad Anónima|
| BMAD: BTO|
| Antonio Basagoiti (Chairman), José García Cantera (CEO)|
Retail, business and wholesale banking
Banesto (officially Banco Español de Crédito, S.A., "Spanish credit bank",) was a Spanish bank, 88.4% owned by the Santander Group. Banesto was the fifth-largest banking group in Spain, operating around 1,770 branches.
Outside of Spain, it is remembered as the sponsor of a cycling team that featured Miguel Indurain, the first rider to win five consecutive Tours de France. Today's Movistar team is the direct descendant of this team.
In 2012, Banco Santander announced it would absorb Banesto.
Banesto acquired Banco del Pacifico in 1991 and renamed it. In 1993 it bought Banco de Concepcion, but the merger was suspended when Banco de España suspended Banesto. When Banco Santander acquired Banesto, Santander sold Banesto Uruguay, Chile, and Banco Shaw in Argentina. In 1994, Banco Santander sold Banesto Chile to Banco Hipotecario de Fomento de Chile (BHIF). In 1998 BBVA bought BHIF.
Ana Patricia Botín, daughter of Santander president Emilio Botín, served as executive chair of the bank between 2002 and November 2010, when she moved to the position of CEO of Santander UK.
The Santander Group announced in December 2012 that it would purchase the remaining 10% of Banesto that it does not currently own, and will merge the business with the existing Banco Santander business in Spain.
Starting in 2009, Banesto sponsored a women's golf mini-tour with 8 events, all in Spain. The tour in 2010 is scheduled for 7 events.