Forbes billionaires: where Brazil’s richest men come from

Beto Sicupira, Jorge Paulo Lemann and Marcel Telles are on the list of the five richest people in Brazil. (Picture: Disclosure)

More than 50 Brazilians make up Forbes’ annual list of the world’s richest. Among the five richest men in the country, Jorge Paulo Lemann, founding partner of 3G Capital Partners, is at the top of the list, with a fortune of more than 15 billion US dollars. Besides him, three other shareholders of the company are at the top of the ranking of billionaires, as well as the co-founder of Facebook.

Discover below the five richest men in Brazil according to Forbes, their position in the world ranking and their approximate wealth.

1. Jorge Paulo Lemann and his family, in 108th position: 15.8 billion US dollars;
2. Marcel Herrmann Telles, in 165th position: 10.6 billion US dollars;
3. Eduardo Saverin, in 171st position: 10.2 billion US dollars;
4. Carlos Alberto Sicupira and his family, in 232nd position: 8.6 billion US dollars;
5. Alexander Behring, in 511th position: 5.2 billion US dollars;


Businessman Jorge Paulo Lemann remains one of the wealthiest in Brazil, even after recent losses in the Americanas case. He is a senior partner in investment firm 3G Capital Partners, which invests resources in the retailer and other companies.

Lemann and its partners Telles and Sicupira also have stakes in Restaurant Brands International, parent company of Burger King and Canadian coffeehouse chain Tim Hortons.

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3G Capital brings together four of the richest men in Brazil. The second richest man is Marcel Herrmann Telles, partner of Lemann and Carlos Alberto Sicupira. Most of the latter’s fortune comes from his shares in the AB InBev brewery, with around 3% of the capital, according to Forbes.

Alexandre Behring is another partner of 3G Capital, alongside Lemann, Telles and Sicupira, listed among the biggest Brazilian billionaires. He is president of Kraft Heinz and co-president of Restaurant Brands International, parent company of Burger King and Canadian coffeehouse chain Tim Hortons. The companies count 3G Capital among their main shareholders.


On the country’s richest list, Eduardo Saverin is known to be one of the co-founders of Facebook, along with Mark Zuckerberg, whom he met while at university.

Saverin was born in 1982 in the city of São Paulo, but grew up in the United States. He majored in economics at Harvard, where he met Zuckerberg. His fortune came from a minority stake in Facebook, which would grow years later.
Forbes Ranking

1. Vicky Safra and her family (Banco Safra): $16.7 billion
2. Jorge Paulo Lemann and his family (3G Capital): 15.8 billion dollars
3. Marcel Herrmann Telles (3G Capital): $10.6 billion
4. Eduardo Saverin (Facebook): $10.2 billion
5.Carlos Alberto Sicupira and his family (3G Capital): $8.6 billion
6. Alexandre Behring (3G capital): 5.2 billion dollars
7. Andre Esteves (BTG Pactual): $4.7 billion
8. João Moreira Salles (Italy): $4.1 billion
9. Walther Moreira Salles Junior (Italy): 4.1 billion dollars
10. Jorge Moll Filho and his family (Rede D’Or): 3.9 billion dollars

Julia Fleming

"Prone to fits of apathy. Beer evangelist. Incurable coffeeaholic. Internet expert."

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