Each of the Grupo Salinas companies operates independently, with its own management and board of directors.
Company history begins with a store called "Salinas y Rocha" founded in 1906 in Monterrey.
In 1950, Grupo Elektra began as a radio factory. Two years later, the company began manufacturing television sets and increased its workforce to 70 employees. Elektra began selling products directly to consumers in 1954. In 1957, Elektra retail stores incorporated credit programs. By 1968, Elektra had 12 stores in the region and by 1987, 59 stores. Elektra Group became[when?] a publicly traded company listed on the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, the Mexican Stock Exchange.
In 1993, Grupo Elektra bought the Imevisión government television network and renamed it TV Azteca. TV Azteca created an initial public offering in 1997 on the Mexican and New York stock exchanges. In 2012, Grupo Elektra, a wholly owned subsidiary of Grupo Salinas, acquired payday lender Advance America for an estimated $780 million USD.
In 2003, Grupo Salinas purchased the telecommunications company Iusacell and the mobile phone company Unefón. Iusacell was sold to AT&T in 2014, and rebranded as AT&T Mexico. Unefón was also sold to AT&T Mexico.
In March 2019, Grupo Salinas made an investment of an undisclosed amount in One Web, a company developing and fielding a satellite internet constellation to deliver broadband internet services. The total raise was US$1.25 billion to help build out the operational system following a successful first launch of technology that had been under development since 2015.· However, by March 2020 OneWeb found themselves in a cash crunch and was considering bankruptcy court protection during the coronavirus pandemic and market turmoil.