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# Aloysio Faria

Random fact: Started the La Basque ice cream making company in 1980.


Faria controls Grupo Alfa, a Sao Paulo-based conglomerate. He sold Brazilian lender Banco Real to ABN Amro in 1998 for $2.1 billion, keeping some of its investment banking assets. He also owns New York-based wealth-management company, Delta National Bank, which oversees about $2.9 billion in client assets.

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Birthdate: 11/9/1920
Family: Married, 5 children

Born in 1920, Faria studied medicine at Minas Gerais Federal University in southeastern Brazil. He completed post-graduate work at Chicago's Northwestern University, and practiced gastroenterology for two years. In the late 1940s, when his father died of pneumonia, Faria took over the small lender he had founded. He built it into what became known as Banco Real, before selling the bank to ABN Amro in 1998 for $2.1 billion. As part of the deal, he held on to Real's investment-banking assets, which now operate as Alfa.

Over the years, Faria diversified into a range of businesses, including the Transamerica hotel chain, founded in 1972; ice cream maker La Basque, in 1980; palm-oil producer Agropalma, in 1982; New York-based Delta National Bank, in 1986; and home-improvement chain C&C, in 2000, among others. He's donated millions of reais to hospitals in Brazil.

At his ranch near Sao Paulo, Faria owns more than 100 Arabian horses, which he has mixed with the local Pampa breed. He also raises prize milk cows.

  • 1920 Faria is born in Belo Horizonte, in Brazil's Minas Gerais state.
  • 1946 Receives a master's in science from Northwestern University.
  • 1948 Takes over father's bank upon his death from pneumonia.
  • 1972 Faria's Transamerica hotel chain is founded.
  • 1980 Starts the La Basque ice cream making company.
  • 1982 Palm-oil producer Agropalma is created.
  • 1986 New York-based Delta National Bank opens.
  • 1998 Faria sells Banco Real to ABN Amro for $2.1 billion.
  • 2000 Starts the home-improvement store chain C&C.
  • 2002 Funds the creation of the Alfa Gastroenterology Institute.