Jorge Paulo Lemann is a renowned Brazilian self-made billionaire, and one of the leading players in the beer industry in the world. His controlling stake in Anheuser-Busch InBev, which is the largest beer company in the world, makes him one of the most popular and influential brewers in the U.S. According to Forbes, Lemann is the richest person in Brazil and the 33rd richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $77 billion (as of 2013).
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Lemann’s breakthrough came when he sold Banco Garatina, an investment bank that he founded in 1971. He sold the bank in 1999 to Credit Suisse First Boston Batista for $675 million. This self-made billionaire made headlines in 2013, when his investment firm known as 3G Capital partnered with Warren Buffett to purchase Heinz. In 2010, Lemann together with his longtime partners Carlo Alberto Sicupira and Marcel Herrmann partnered with Eike Batista to acquire Burger King.
Besides being actively involved in business, Lemann also loves sports and once played in the Wimbledon championship tournament. He is also an active philanthropist and has donated heartily to various charitable causes and foundations. He donated about $16.5 million to the University of Illinois to establish the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies. He is married with five children, and has his residence in Brazil.