Henrique Meirelles

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Henrique Meirelles
Henrique Meirelles - World Economic Forum on Latin America 2011.jpg
Henrique Meirelles at the World Economic Forum on Latin America in 2011
President of the Central Bank of Brazil
In office
January 1, 2003 – January 1, 2011
Nominated by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Preceded by Armínio Fraga
Succeeded by Alexandre Tombini
Personal details
Born Henrique de Campos Meirelles
(1945-08-31) August 31, 1945 (age 70)
Anápolis, Goiás, Brazil
Alma mater Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Harvard Business School
Profession Financial executive
Religion Roman Catholicism

Henrique de Campos Meirelles (born August 31, 1945) is the former president of Banco Central do Brasil, Brazil's central bank. In 2002 he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies, Brazil's congressional lower house, as a Goiás-state PSDB party congressman. However, Meirelles resigned before swearing in to be able to assume his current position in January 2003.

Born in Anápolis, Goiás, Brazil, Mr Meirelles earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of São Paulo in 1972 and an MBA from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - Coppead two years later. He attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP) in 1984.[1] Meirelles also holds an honorary degree from Bryant College, Rhode Island, USA. He spent most of his working career at BankBoston, where he rose to be president of the bank's Brazilian operation, from 1984 to 1996. In 1996, he became President and Chief Operating Officer of BankBoston Corporation and in 1999 was named President of Global Banking for FleetBoston Financial. He has also held academic council positions at various American universities, including Harvard and Boston College.

In 2005, the Brazilian government accused Meirelles of tax evasion and illegal international money transfers.[2]


  1. ^ "Henrique Meirelles". Isto É Independente. Retrieved 02/10/2009.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Wheatley, Jonathan (April 6, 2005). "Brazil's central bank president faces charges". Financial Times. Archived from the original on April 8, 2005. 

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