The biggest billionaires in each Brazilian state

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Eduardo Saverin, Jorge Paulo Lemann and Alceu Elias Feldmann lead by fortune in their birth states

The geographic division of the Brazilian super-rich follows the participation of the country’s states in the formation of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product). No accident, São Paulo – responsible for 31% of the national GDP – has 128 billionaires, the largest contingent among the 315 names listed in this year’s Forbes ranking, which takes into account the members’ place of birth – not their current residence.

Another 13 states are present on the list, with emphasis on Santa Catarina (40 billionaires), Rio de Janeiro (37 billionaires), Minas Gerais (29 billionaires), Rio Grande do Sul (19 billionaires) and Ceará (17 billionaires).

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In the select group of the super-rich, many are those who left their states of birth or even the country. This is the case for Edward Saverin, born in São Paulo, but currently living in Singapore – he has a fortune estimated by Forbes at R$ 97.5 billion.

Another who lives abroad is Jorge Paulo Lemann, which occupies second place in the overall ranking and is considered the richest person in Rio de Janeiro. At 81 years of age, the businessman lives in Switzerland and has an estimated equity of R$ 96.5 billion.

The North region of the country is represented by only one billionaire: Samuel Cockroach, born in Pará and owner of the largest share of the conglomerate Drogarias Pacheco. He has a fortune estimated at R$ 8 billion by Forbes and is in 61st place in the ranking.

The list of Brazilian billionaires follows the criteria of the North American Forbes, with participation in companies listed on stock exchanges as the main source of information. The cut-off date for the calculation of equity was the closing of the first half of 2021, that is, June 30th.

The 89th edition of Forbes magazine is now available for download on the app with the full version of the exclusive list of Brazilian billionaires. See below who are the richest in each of the Brazilian states represented in the 2021 list:



  • Edward Saverin

    Birth: São Paulo
    Ranking position: 1st
    Patrimony: BRL 97.5 billion
    Age: 39 years old
    Source of Fortune: Facebook

    Eduardo Saverin, one of Facebook’s co-founders, overtook Jorge Paulo Lemann and installed himself in the lead of the richest Brazilians in the world in the wake of the social network’s soaring actions in recent months. In one year, Facebook’s share of Nasdaq has risen to around 40%, taking the company to surpass the historic mark of $1 trillion in market value for the first time last June.

    Thanks to this jump in company value, Saverin also joined the pantheon of the 100 richest men in the world. Resident in Singapore since 2012, he maintains B Capital, an investment company focused on startups. Its scope of action is mainly concentrated in Asia and the USA. In 2020, he made his first investment in Latin America: US$ 15 million in Yalochat, a Mexican startup that develops artificial intelligence for customer service.

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  • Jorge Paulo Lemann

    Birth: Rio de Janeiro
    Ranking position: 2nd
    Patrimony: BRL 96.5 billion
    Age: 81 years old
    Source of Fortune: Guarantee Bank, Brahma

    Despite the 6% rise in his equity, Lemann was again in second place among the biggest Brazilian billionaires, now surpassed by Eduardo Saverin. Through the 3G Capital investment fund, Lemann is the controlling shareholder of brewing giant AB Inbev, in addition to holding stakes in international conglomerates such as Kraft Heinz and Restaurant Brands International (Burger King and Tim Hortons).

    In Brazil, its empire includes Lojas Americanas and São Carlos Empreendimentos. In this last company, a highlight among shareholders are the sons of Lemann, as well as the sons of his partners Marcel Telles and Carlos Sicupira.

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  • Alceu Elias Feldmann

    Birth: Santa Catarina
    Ranking position: 10th
    Patrimony: BRL 30.5 billion
    Age: 71 years old
    Source of Fortune: fertilize

    Graduated in agronomy, Feldmann is the founder of Fertipar, responsible for a hefty 15% share of the domestic fertilizer market. He controls 85% of the company, which has more than 2,100 employees. The group currently manages a holding with 14 companies focused on agribusiness.

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  • Candido Pinheiro Koren de Lima

    Birth: Ceará
    Ranking position: 14th
    Patrimony: BRL 21 billion
    Age: 75 years old
    Source of Fortune: Hapvida

    An oncologist, Candido founded the health service provider Hapvida in 1979. In 2018, it went public with a demand six times greater than expected. With a strong presence in the North and Northeast, it closed 2019 with net revenue of R$5.6 billion, up 23% from the previous year. Last August, Cade approved the purchase of the São José Group for R$ 320 million. As the largest shareholder, the doctor saw his equity jump 37%.

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  • Rubens Menin Teixeira de Souza and Family

    Birth: Minas Gerais
    Ranking position: 15th
    Patrimony: BRL 18.9 billion
    Age: 65 years old
    Source of Fortune: MRV

    Most of Rubens Menin’s assets come from his participation in the MRV construction company, co-founded by him in 1979, in Belo Horizonte. In 2011, US investor Starwood Capital bought 33% of MRV Log, the group’s logistics arm. The family is also a founding partner of Banco Inter, which made its IPO in 2018. Rubens is the founder and owner of CNN Brasil.

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  • Joesley and Wesley Mendonça Batista

    Birth: Goiás
    Ranking position: 24th (tie)
    Patrimony: BRL 13.95 billion (each)
    Age: 51 years
    Source of Fortune: JBS

    Sons of José Batista Sobrinho, founder of JBS, brothers Joesley and Wesley are the controlling shareholders of the company through J&F Investimentos.

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  • Blairo Borges Maggi

    Birth: Paraná
    Ranking position: 46th (tie)
    Patrimony: BRL 10.4 billion
    Age: 65 years old
    Source of Fortune: Maggi seeds

    Blairo, son of Lucia Borges Maggi, controls the agricultural giant Amaggi, created by André Antonio Maggi (1927-2001), alongside his sister and relatives. Headquartered in Cuiabá, the company has shipping and energy businesses and grain farms. Blairo has been governor of Mato Grosso twice (2003-2010), senator (2011-2019) and minister of Agriculture in the Michel Temer government.

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  • Samuel Cockroach and Family

    Birth: For
    Ranking position: 61st (tie)
    Patrimony: BRL 8 billion
    Age: 90 years
    Source of Fortune: Pacheco Drugstores

    Samuel Barata bought the centenary chain of pharmacies Pacheco in the 1970s. The company became the largest chain in Rio de Janeiro and, in 2011, it merged with Drogaria São Paulo, creating DPSP. There are about 1,200 stores in ten states. He is the owner of the largest share of the conglomerate whose partners are members of the Carvalho family, former parent company of DSP.

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  • Lucia Borges Maggi; Marli Maggi Pissollo and Family

    Birth: Rio Grande do Sul
    Ranking position: 46th (tie)
    Patrimony: BRL 10.4 billion (each)
    Age: 90 and 67 years old
    Source of Fortune: Maggi seeds

    Lucia, her sons Blairo and Marli control the agricultural giant AMaggi, created by André Antonio Maggi (1927-2001), along with other members of the family. Headquartered in Cuiabá, the company has shipping and energy businesses and grain farms.

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  • Ilson Mateus Rodrigues

    Birth: Maranhão
    Ranking position: 71st
    Patrimony: BRL 7.3 billion
    Age: 58 years old
    Source of Fortune: Retail

    The businessman from Maranhão built an empire in the Northeast with Grupo Mateus, of which he is president and main shareholder. The chain made its debut on the stock exchange in October 2020, becoming the biggest IPO of the year so far. He shares control of the company with his ex-wife, Maria Barros Pinheiro, and his two children, Ilson Junior and Denilson.

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  • Nilton Carlos Chieppe and Family

    Birth: Holy Spirit
    Ranking position: 119th (tie)
    Patrimony: BRL 3.9 billion
    Age: 77 years old
    Source of Fortune: White Eagle Road

    Son of the founder of the Águia Branca airline group, Nilton and his family have been major shareholders of Azul Linhas Aéreas, since it incorporated its competitor Trip. Águia Branca is the largest business group in Espírito Santo, with three road companies, two in logistics and others in car sales.

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  • Antônio Augusto de Queiroz Galvão and Family

    Birth: Pernambuco
    Ranking position: 136th (tie)
    Patrimony: BRL 3.35 billion
    Age: 65 years old
    Source of Fortune: Queiroz Galvão

    The family owns Queiroz Galvão, with operations in oil and gas, steel, cement, concessions, real estate development and wind energy. The clan is on the list for its participation in the publicly traded company Enauta (formerly Queiroz Galvão Exploration and Production). In 2020, it sold its 45% stake in the Manati oil exploration field to Gas Bridge for R$560 million.

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  • José Janguiê Bezerra Diniz

    Birth: Paraíba
    Ranking position: 142nd
    Patrimony: BRL 3.25 billion
    Age: 57 years old
    Source of Fortune: Being Educational

    He is the founder of Ser Educacional, from Recife. The company went public in 2013 and, since then, it has been investing in new markets. Janguiê is a large real estate investor, with around R$750 million in real estate. It also invests in dozens of statups.

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  • José Caetano Paula de Lacerda

    Birth: Bahia
    Ranking position: 235th (draw)
    Patrimony: BRL 1.65 billion
    Age: ND
    Source of Fortune: GPS group

    A former Odebrecht executive, José Caetano is the largest individual shareholder in the GPS group. Largest outsourced cleaning, maintenance and security services company in the country, GPS made its IPO in April this year. Founded in Salvador in 1962, it employs more than 100,000 people in the country, servicing the buildings of large corporations, such as Petrobras and Grupo Pão de Açúcar.

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Edward Saverin

Birth: São Paulo
Ranking position: 1st
Patrimony: BRL 97.5 billion
Age: 39 years old
Source of Fortune: Facebook

Eduardo Saverin, one of Facebook’s co-founders, overtook Jorge Paulo Lemann and installed himself in the lead of the richest Brazilians in the world in the wake of the social network’s soaring actions in recent months. In one year, Facebook’s share of Nasdaq has risen to around 40%, taking the company to surpass the historic mark of $1 trillion in market value for the first time last June.

Thanks to this jump in company value, Saverin also joined the pantheon of the 100 richest men in the world. Resident in Singapore since 2012, he maintains B Capital, an investment company focused on startups. Its scope of action is mainly concentrated in Asia and the USA. In 2020, he made his first investment in Latin America: US$ 15 million in Yalochat, a Mexican startup that develops artificial intelligence for customer service.

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