|Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply|
May 12, 2016
|Preceded by||Kátia Abreu|
|Senator from Mato Grosso|
February 1, 2011 – May 12, 2016
|Governor of Mato Grosso|
1 January 2003 – 31 March 2010
|Preceded by||Rogério Salles|
|Succeeded by||Silval Barbosa|
|Born||Blairo Borges Maggi
May 29, 1956
São Miguel do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil
|Political party||Party of the Republic
Popular Socialist Party
|Children||Belisa, Ticiane e André|
|Alma mater||Federal University of Paraná|
Blairo Borges Maggi (born 29 May 1956 in São Miguel do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil) is a soy plantation farmer and former governor of the state of Mato Grosso in Brazil. He graduated from Federal University of Paraná, majoring in agronomy.
Maggi also owns the Amaggi Group, a large company that harvests, processes, and exports soybeans. The Maggi group is also involved in the infrastructure projects that are necessary to sustain the soy industry, notably soy terminals, highways, and waterways.
Maggi is the world’s largest soyabean producer. His accusers hold him responsible for the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. His defenders say he is taking Brazil forward. In this respect he is unapologetic, telling the New York Times in 2003: "To me, a 40 percent increase in deforestation doesn't mean anything at all, and I don't feel the slightest guilt over what we are doing here [...] We're talking about an area larger than Europe that has barely been touched, so there is nothing at all to get worried about".
Maggi received the Golden Chainsaw Award in 2006 from Greenpeace for being the Brazilian who most contributed to the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest.
In 2014, Maggi’s net worth is estimated by American magazine Forbes at $960 million, based on his 17% stake in Grupo Andre Maggi.
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|Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply
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