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R$ 183.2 billion

This is what the BNDES (Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social – Economic and Social Development National Bank) estimates in terms of economic impact in Brazil with the 2014 World Cup. Of this amount, R $ 47.5 billion will be in direct investments and $ 135.7 billion, indirect.

R$ 130 billion

This is what the FIA ​​(Fundação Instituto de Administração – Administration Institute Foundation) estimates in terms of investments, wealth creation and financial operations for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.


Mindful of these opportunities, Maua Investimentos invests and operates in specific areas, namely:

Real Estate

Brazillian Expertise, Commercial Build to Suit.


In this area, we are specialized in public concessions for exterior media, using the latest technology in LED electronic boards.


Electronic LED Scoreboards in Football Stadiuns, Ribbon Boards, Marketing and Management. Planning, networking and know-how are our differentials.

# Genealogy

Irineu Evangelista de Souza (Baron of Maua)

Son: Henrique Irineu de Souza

Grandson: Artur Irineu de Souza

Great grandson: José Irineu de Souza

Great-great-granddaughter: Maria Emilia Irineu de Souza Miguel

Great-great-great-grandson: Fernando Irineu de Souza Miguel

Source: Brazilian College of Genealogy  (Colégio Brasileiro de Genealogia)



In 1867, Mauá performed a survey of all his assets (spread over several enterprises) and reached the total figure of 115,000 contos de réis. This value was higher than the budget of the (Brazilian) Empire that year, which reached 97 thousand contos. Converted to sterling pounds, the patrimony amounted to 12 million pounds, which was comparable to the total assets of the Bank of England, 43 million pounds. And in dollar terms, the patrimony amounted to USD 60 million, comparable to the legacy left by Cornelius Vanderbilt, USD 100 million. It is estimated that, today, his fortune would be in the order of USD60 billion.


Brief Biography

With the extinction of the slave trade, from the Eusebio de Queiroz Law (1850), the capital hitherto employed in the slave trade came to be invested in industrialization. Taking this opportunity, Maua began to be divided between industrial and banking activities, having accumulated a fortune at forty years of age.

Among the investments made, besides the casting and shipyard at the Ponta da Areia, the most important were:

· the design of gas lighting in the city of Rio de Janeiro, [2] which exploitation concession was obtained for twenty years. By contract, the businessman pledged to replace 21 miles of whale oil lamps for new ones, of his manufacturing, erecting a gas plant in the city limits. Investors only began to endorse the shares of the Gas Lighting Company when the first lamps, in the center of the city, were lit, surprising the population (March 25, 1854). Later, pressed by financial difficulties, Maua ceded his rights of exploitation to a British capital company, for 1.2 million sterling pounds and shares worth 3,600 contos de réis.

· the organization of the Amazon Navigation Company (1852), [2] with steam boats manufactured on the Ponta da Areia shipyard. Later, in 1866, the Empire granted the freedom of navigation of the Amazon River to all nations, leading Maua to give up the project, transferring his interests to a British capital company.

· the construction of a 14 km stretch of railway between the port of Maua, in the Guanabara bay, and Fragoso station, at the base of the Star Range - Serra da Estrela - (Petrópolis), in the former province of Rio de Janeiro, the first in Brazil. [2] On the opening day (April 30, 1854 [7]) in the presence of the Emperor and the authorities, the locomotive, later dubbed the Baroness [6] (named after the Mauá’s wife), pass through the route in 23 minutes. On the same date, in recognition, the businessman received the title of Baron of Maua. This would be the first stretch of a larger project, aiming to link the coffee-growing region of the Paraiba River Valley and Minas Gerais to the port of Rio de Janeiro. In 1873, the Union & Industry, Maua’s enterprise linking Petrópolis (RJ) to Juiz de Fora (MG), through the first paved road in the country, came the first cargoes of Minas Gerais to the Railroad Dom Pedro II (renamed later as Central do Brazil Railroad) state enterprise established in 1858, which offered lower freights. In 1882, after overcoming the mountain range technical difficulties, the rails reached Petropolis.

· the establishment of a tramway company pulled by donkeys in the city of Rio de Janeiro, whose contract for exploration Maua acquired in 1862, but whose rights, due to cash needs, were ceded to  an American capital company, the Botanical Garden's Railroad (1866 ), which inaugurated the first tramway line in 1868, organizing a lucrative transport network.

· participation, as a shareholder, in the enterprise of Recife & San Francisco Railway Company, [7] the second of Brazil, in partnership with British capitalists and farmers from São Paulo, designed to transport the region sugar crop.

· participation, as a shareholder, in the Dom Pedro II Railroad (later Central of Brazil Railroad), even being aware that, due its route, this road would take all the competitiveness of the Rio-Petrópolis, [6]

· participation, as an entrepreneur, in the Sao Paulo Railway (later  Santos-Jundiaí railway), venture funded entirely by him, being this railroad the fifth in the country, in February 16, 1867 [6].

· the settlement of the submarine cable,  in 1874 [2].

In 1852, the now viscount founded the Maua, MacGregor & Cia Bank, [6] with branchs in several Brazilian capitals and in London, [7] Paris and New York. In Uruguay, founded in 1857 the Banco Maua Y Cia, the first banking institution in that country, including authorization to issue paper currency, considering that this bank opened a branch in Buenos Aires, cited by Jules Verne as one of the major banks in South America [6]

Source: Wikipedia

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