|Minister of the Environment|
|Assumed office |
1 January 2019
|Preceded by||Edson Duarte (interim)|
|Secretary of the Environment of São Paulo|
18 July 2016 – 28 August 2017
|Preceded by||Patricia Iglecias|
|Succeeded by||Mauricio Brusadin|
Ricardo de Aquino Salles
8 June 1975
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
|Alma mater||Mackenzie Presbyterian University|
Ricardo Salles was born in Morumbi, São Paulo to a family of lawyers. He received his law degree from the Mackenzie Presbyterian University, did postgraduate studies at the universities of Coimbra and Lisbon, and studied business administration at Fundação Getúlio Vargas. For almost seven years, it was believed that Salles held a master's degree from Yale. In 2019, after Yale confirmed that Salles never studied there, he then alleged that the information was incorrectly provided by an aide.
In 2006 Salles co-founded the Movimento Endireita Brasil (literally "Straighten Brazil Movement" and a pun for “Become more Right-Wingy Brazil”). The movement opposed the presidencies of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, and supports economic liberalism. Salles was a candidate for state deputy in 2010 as a member of DEM, receiving 25 thousand votes but failing to be elected. He was a candidate for federal deputy in the 2018 elections, but was once again not elected, receiving 36,603 votes (0.17% of all valid votes).
Since 2017, Salles is the subject of a probe by São Paulo state prosecutors for violating environmental laws. He is accused of altering the management plan for a protected area in the Tietê River with the "clear intention of benefiting economic sectors"; Salles has maintained his innocence and said that the evidence of the case "corroborates his position". He is also being investigated for possible administrative misconduct for ordering the removal of a bust of Carlos Lamarca from the Rio Turvo State Park in São Paulo, during his tenure as state environmental secretary.
Despite President-elect Bolsonaro's critical statements on the Paris Agreement, Salles has defended that Brazil should remain in the accord, while adding that the country "must be allowed to retain its autonomy when making environmental decisions".
- Bolsonaro indica ex-secretário de Alckmin para comandar Ministério do Meio Ambiente, G1
- Bolsonaro anuncia Ricardo Salles para o Ministério do Meio Ambiente, Correio Braziliense
- Interview, Um Brasil
- Jovens de São Paulo fundam grupo para "endireitar" o país, Folha
- Ricardo Salles 3006 (NOVO), candidacy profile at Gazeta do Povo
- Um investigado por fraude ambiental comandará Meio Ambiente sob Bolsonaro, El País
- Futuro ministro do Meio Ambiente é investigado por mandar tirar busto de Lamarca de parque em SP, O Globo
- Brazil's new environment minister says country should stay in Paris Agreement despite climate sceptic president Bolsonaro, The Independent
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