Gilberto Kassab

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Gilberto Kassab
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Minister of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications
Assumed office
12 May 2016
President Michel Temer
Preceded by Celso Pansera
Minister of Cities
In office
1 January 2015 – 15 April 2016
President Dilma Rousseff
Preceded by Gilberto Occhi
Succeeded by Inês Magalhães
60th Mayor of São Paulo
In office
31 March 2006 – 1 January 2013
Preceded by José Serra
Succeeded by Fernando Haddad
Federal Deputy for São Paulo
In office
1 February 1999 – 1 January 2005
State Deputy of São Paulo
In office
1 February 1995 – 1 February 1999
Alderman of São Paulo
In office
1 January 1993 – 1 February 1995
Personal details
Born Gilberto Kassab
(1960-08-12) 12 August 1960 (age 58)
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Political party PL (1989–1995)
PFL (1995–2007)
DEM (2007–2011)
PSD (2011–present)
Alma mater University of São Paulo
University of Brasília

Gilberto Kassab (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒiwˈbɛɾtʊ kaˈsab(ɪ)] or [ʒiwˈbɛʁtu kaˈsab(i)]; born 12 August 1960 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian politician, former mayor of São Paulo. His term ended in 2013. A civil engineer and economist, one of the most famous Brazilians of Syrian descent, Kassab took over from José Serra, after Serra decided to run for governor of São Paulo.[1]

He belongs to the Syrian community of São Paulo, and is a member of the Partido Social Democrático (PSD). He is mentioned in 2017 among the beneficiaries of bribes from the multinational JBS.[2]

Political career[edit]

  • 1993–1994: Alderman of São Paulo
  • 1995–1999: State Deputy of São Paulo
  • 1999–2004: Federal Deputy (resigned to run as vice mayor of São Paulo alongside José Serra)
  • 2005–2006: Vice Mayor of São Paulo
  • 2006–2013: Mayor of São Paulo (re-elected on 26 Oct 2008 for a four-year term)[1]

Administration[edit]

The advertising industry criticized the city of São Paulo administration for the Cidade Limpa law, which prohibits all forms of external media and visual pollution such as billboards. Ad companies tried to keep the billboards in the streets with injunctions, but the supreme court determined the law to be constitutional. At any rate, support for the initiative from the public continues to be widespread.

Appearance in The Greatest Movie Ever Sold[edit]

Mayor Kassab appeared at length in the Morgan Spurlock 2011 documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold talking about the decision of the City Council to ban advertising in the city.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hélio Bicudo
Vice Mayor of São Paulo
2005–2006
Vacant
Title next held by
Alda Marco Antônio
Preceded by
José Serra
Mayor of São Paulo
2006–2013
Succeeded by
Fernando Haddad
Government offices
Preceded by
Gilberto Occhi
Minister of Cities
2015–2016
Succeeded by
Inês Magalhães
Preceded by
Celso Pandera
Minister of Science, Technology, Innovation
and Communications

2016–present
Incumbent