|Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply|
Assumed office |
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|
Blairo Borges Maggi|
May 29, 1956
São Miguel do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil
|Political party||PP (2016–present)|
|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 soybean 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.
In November 2017 an investigation conducted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism cited his name in the list of politicians named in "Paradise Papers" allegations.
- The Economist, 30 October 2006.
- Rohter, Larry (17 September 2003). "Relentless Foe of the Amazon Jungle: Soybeans". The New York Times.
- "'Soya King' wins Golden Chainsaw award". Greenpeace International.
- "Explore The Politicians in the Paradise Papers - ICIJ". ICIJ. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
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