JULIÀ REIG RIBÓ
Julià Reig Ribó (1911–1996) was born on the 5th of December 1911 in Sant Julià de Lòria. He was a General Councillor of the General Council of the Valleys of Andorra from 1948 to 1959 and was elected as its General Syndic from 1960 to 1966 and later re-elected from 1966 to 1978. During his term of office, he promoted the creation of the Social Security (1966) and the opening up of the country to the exterior. He carried out a series of reforms, including the Co-Princes’ Decree (1981) which, years later, would lead to the first Constitution of the Principality of Andorra (1993).
In the industrial area, he directed the family tobacco company, Tabacs Reig, founded in 1880 by his grandfather Rafael Reig Sans. In 1956, he founded the Banca Reig of which he was president until his death in 1996.
The Fundació Julià Reig was named in honour of Julià Reig Ribó. A foundation is a heritage assigned to a purpose and is usually, as in this case, a project and some money that the patrons donate to a cause of general interest. Constituting and providing funds to a foundation of these characteristics was part of what Julià Reig Ribó understood as “an entrepreneur fitting into the community and the society in which he develops his activity.” This is what his successors have also understood and this is the spirit that they would like to govern their activity; that of also being entrepreneurs in actions of general interest.