Latin America’s 100 Most Powerful Businesspeople
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29th May 2015

From multi-billionaires to up-and-coming magnates, this list includes business leaders from a wide range of sectors across the region.
 
Latin Trade presents its most recent edition of the Top 100 Most Powerful Businesspeople in Latin America.
The dynamics of the region has brought new names to this year’s list, but it is no surprise that, in line with the region’s economies, the list is dominated by well-known names from Brazil and Mexico, such as Jorge Paulo Lemann, Carlos Slim and Roberto Egydio Setubal.
From telecoms, banks, hotels, retail companies, food and beverages, mining, logistics and technology, the businesspeople on the list have made it to the top across a wide range of sectors.
However, many of these business leaders will continue to have their skills put to the test in the coming months and years, as they face economic headwinds throughout the region, with the price of crude oil falling to record lows, and foreign direct investment to Latin America dropping 16 percent in 2014, according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.
And those skills are already coming into play and showing, as being at the helm of the region’s largest companies means they are tackling this scenario by planning expansions, mergers and acquisitions.
Such is the case with JBS, the world’s largest meatpacker, which according to CEO Wesley Batista is looking for opportunities in North America and Australia. The company ranked third …

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