About us

BBVA in a nutshell

BBVA is a global financial group, founded in 1857, with a retail business model focused on the customer, which offers its customers around the world a complete range of financial and non-financial products and services.

BBVA has a solid leadership position in the Spanish market, is the largest financial institution in Mexico and has leading franchises in South America and in the Sunbelt region of the USA. BBVA also has a significant presence in Turkey (through strategic investments in Garanti Bank) and operates an extensive network of agencies worldwide.

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Basic information

• 133,007 employees

• 70 million customers

• presence in 35 countries

• 8,499 branches 

• 31,185 ATMs 

• Chairman: Francisco González Rodríguez 

• CEO: Carlos Torres Vila * 

* Last update: 03/31/2017

We work for a better future for people

The group's vision is defined as "to work for a better future for people", while the overall objective is to establish lasting relationships with our customers.

Our principles are:

• The customer as the center of our business

• Creation of dividends for shareholders through our business

• Teamwork as a key factor for creating value 

• Leadership style that generates enthusiasm

• Ethics, personal and professional integrity as a means to understand and manage the business.

• Innovation as the engine of progress

• Corporate social responsibility as an integral part of "development";

BBVA in Belgium

- Our bank was founded in Belgium in 1962 under the name Banco Español en Bruselas S.A. and its share capital was subscribed by Banco Exterior de España, Générale de Banque and Banque Bruxelles Lambert, at the rate of one third each.  

- In 1973 the latter two withdrew their shareholding and the share capital became 100% Spanish-owned.

- In 1992 we became a branch of Banco Exterior de España.

- In 1998, following the merger of various Spanish public banks and their subsequent privatization, the name was changed to Argentaria, a fully privatized bank.

In October 1999 the merger of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya and Argentaria was announced.  

- Since January 2000, the new entity is called BBVA.