Jorge Paulo Lemann is a Swiss-Brazilian banker, investor and philanthropist. Forbes estimates this self-made billionaire’s net worth to be around $23.3 billion. He is the richest man in Brazil and Switzerland.
Lemann was born on August 26, 1939, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He studied at the American School of Rio de Janeiro. He gained his BA degree in Economics from Harvard University.
Jorge Paulo Lemann started his career in 1961 by working as a trainee at Credit Suisse in Geneva. Along with Carlos Alberto Sicupira and Marcel Herrmann Telles, Lemann founded Banco Garantia in 1971. He built the firm into one of Brazil’s most prestigious and innovative investment banks. Forbes once described the firm as “a Brazilian version of Goldman Sachs.” He sold the firm to Credit Suisse Boston for $675 million in 1998.
Currently, he is a member of the board of directors of Endeavor’s Brazil office. Endeavor is an international non-profit development organization that finds and supports high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets. He is among the backers of Brazilian multi-billion dollar global investment firm 3G Capital.
Lemann married Maria de Santiago Dantas Quental. She died in 2005. He married Susanna Lemann. The couple has three children. Lemann has five children.