Who Is Mateo Lorenzo, Erich Gonzales' Mysterious Businessman Husband?
Erich Gonzales is officially married. The actress wed her long-time boyfriend Mateo Lorenzo in an intimate wedding ceremony at St. James The Great Parish in Alabang, Muntinlupa earlier today, March 23, 2022. The marriage banns of their wedding first went public in February earlier this year, but the actress is known for being tight-lipped about her personal life.
Here’s everything we know about her mysterious non-showbiz husband.
He comes from a large, well-to-do family.
Mateo Lorenzo is one of the 12 children of the industrialist Martin Lorenzo and his wife Leah De Leon Lorenzo. Having a large family was one of the reasons his father, Martin, became a serial entrepreneur in order to support all of his children.
“I have 12 children and my mother has 40 grandchildren. So I said to myself then that I cannot just rely on the family business which is Del Monte and our banana business in Davao. I had to have my own [business] for my children because there’s just too many grandchildren,” said Martin Lorenzo in an interview with Inquirer.
A prominent figure in the food and beverage business, Martin is currently the CEO of First Lucky Holdings Corp., CAT Resource & Asset Holdings Inc., and RestaurantConcepts Group Inc., to name a few.
Through these companies, Mateo’s family heads Barcino’s, Single Origin, Sierra Madre private equity firm, and more. The Lorenzos also used to own and operate Pancake House and Del Monte Foods.
He comes from a down-to-earth family.
Despite coming from such a big family, Mateo Lorenzo grew up in a humble and down-to-earth environment. The Lorenzo children were not raised by yayas or in-house help, and their parents prepared meals on their own like a regular household.
According to friends and colleagues, the Lorenzos are a tight-knit and religious family. They’re also athletic, with one sibling a rising equestrian figure and another a gold medalist in the Southeast Asian Games. Mateo himself prefers golf.
He’s an Ivy League graduate.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Mateo Lorenzo completed his undergraduate studies at Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Management Engineering. After graduation, he also completed his Master of Business Administration at the prestigious Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Wharton is a popular post-grad institution among the Philippines’ top businessmen and counts PLDT Chairman Manny Pangilinan and BPI CEO TG Limcaoco as alumni.
His brother has been tied to another celebrity.
Two high-profile celebrity relationships have been tied to this low-profile family. Aside from Mateo Lorenzo’s marriage to Erich Gonzales, his younger brother Basti Lorenzo was once romantically linked to celebrity Claudia Barretto.