Born in Oleiros, Oleiros, Roque started his first business, a bar in Portuguese Angola, then a colonial possession of Portugal, when he was just 17 years old. He gradually built up his wealth from a series of business ventures throughout southern Africa. In addition to the Banco Internacional do Funchal (BANIF), which is headquartered in Funchal, Madeira, Roque's assets included real estate and insurance holdings throughout Portugal, North America and South America.
He married twice, firstly to Maria de Fátima Henriques da Silva Moura and secondly to Paula Caetano, without issue. By first marriage he had Maria Teresa Henriques da Silva Moura Roque, born in 1971, wife of Pietro Saviotti dal Fabbro, by whom she had issue, and Cristina Henriques da Silva Moura Roque, born in 1978.
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