|Residence Madrid, Spain|
|Name Esther Marquise|
|Full Name Esther Maria Koplowitz y Romero de Juseu|
Born August 10, 1953 (age 62) (1953-08-10) Madrid, Spain
Ethnicity Spanish Cuban mother; German Jewish father
Occupation Businesswoman, Philanthropist
Net worth $1.0 billion USD (March 2013)
Board member of Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas Grupo Cementos Portland Valderrivas
Esther María Koplowitz y Romero de Juseu, 7th Marchioness of Casa Peñalver, is a Spanish billionaire businesswoman and philanthropist.
Koplowitz is Vice-President of the Board of Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC), one of the leading diversified Spanish groups, employing around ninety thousand people. She also holds board positions in several national and international companies, for instance Vice-President of the board of Cementos Portland Valderrivas and formerly board member of French multinational Veolia Environnement.
She is chairwoman of the Foundation that bears her name, the Esther Koplowitz Foundation, principally dedicated to charity work to help those most in need in society. She has built, equipped and donated care homes such as “Nuestra Casa” in Collado-Villalba (Madrid), and “La Nostra Casa” of Fort-Pienc in Barcelona, both for the elderly in need of special assistance as well as those without financial means, and “La Nostra Casa de Vall de la Ballestera” in Valencia for physically and mentally disabled adults. The construction of two other care homes is in the pipeline, one in Valladolid and a second in Valencia. They will both share the same objective as the home already built in Valencia.
She has received numerous recognitions and awards for her philanthropic work as well as for her business acumen. Among them the Great Cross of the Order of Civil Merit, Gold Medal of Civil Order for Charitable Acts, Madrid Region Gold Medal, Blanquerna award from Catalonia Regional Government and Gold Medal, Academic Honour from the Royal Academy of History and Chevalier de l'ordre de la Légion d'honneur.
Esther and Alicia inherited their noble titles from their mother. Esther was the Countess of Peñalver and Marquise of Campo Florido, titles now owned by her two daughters Carmen Alcocer y Koplowitz (now countess of Peñalver) and Alicia Alcocer y Koplowitz (now marquise of Campo Florido). Her sister Alicia is the Marquesa de Bellavista. In 2003 Esther Koplowitz married Fernando Falcó, Marquis of Cubas, whom she divorced in 2009.