Blairo Maggi

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Blairo Maggi
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Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply
Assumed office
May 12, 2016
President Michel Temer
Preceded by Kátia Abreu
Senator from Mato Grosso
In office
February 1, 2011 – May 12, 2016
Governor of Mato Grosso
In office
1 January 2003 – 31 March 2010
Preceded by Rogério Salles
Succeeded by Silval Barbosa
Personal details
Born Blairo Borges Maggi
(1956-05-29) May 29, 1956 (age 61)
São Miguel do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil
Political party PP (2016–present)
Other political
affiliations
PR (2006–2016)
PPS (2001–2006)
Spouse(s) Terezinha
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.[1] 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:[2] "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.[3]

In 2014, Maggi’s net worth is estimated by American magazine Forbes at $960 million, based on his 17% stake in Grupo Andre Maggi.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Economist, 30 October 2006 .
  2. ^ Rohter, Larry (17 September 2003). "Relentless Foe of the Amazon Jungle: Soybeans". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "'Soya King' wins Golden Chainsaw award". Greenpeace International. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Rogério Salles
Governor of Mato Grosso
2003–2010
Succeeded by
Silval Barbosa
Preceded by
Kátia Abreu
Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply
2016–present
Incumbent