Latin America’s 100 Most Powerful Businesspeople
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9th December 2014

LatinTrade.com issues its annual list of the 100 Most Powerful people in Latin America. 
By Mark Keller
Latin Trade is proud to unveil its latest list of the 100 Most Powerful Businesspeople in Latin America, an annual list compiled by the company’s market intelligence service. The list encompasses the region’s business elite, including the heads of Latin American and international major corporations, financial institutions, energy companies, retailers, food and beverage companies, transportation and logistics companies, hoteliers, and technology companies. The list includes a mix of long-time standards, such as Carlos Slim or Jorge Paulo Lemann – whose wealth exceeds the GDP of many countries – as well as CEOs who climbed the ranks through their companies from the bottom to the top.
By geographic distribution, power seems to correlate to the relative size of a country’s economy, as the list counts powerful people not by their passport, but from where they operate their business. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Brazil leads the list with the largest number of most powerful – 26- owing to the relative weight of the region’s economy, and São Paulo’s undeniable status as the premiere location for multinationals setting up operations in the region. By this formula, Mexico follows of course, with 18 of the most powerful people on our list. The country is the region’s second-largest economy, and a base for companies seeking to enter Mexico’s market or that …

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