Meet the 9 Richest Health Care Professionals in Brazil
The richest people in Brazil make up a combined worth of R$ 643.6 billion ($274.6 billion) and a handful of those individuals work in the health care industry. Here are the nine richest health care professionals in Brazil.
9. Antonio Carlos Pipponzi – R$ 1 billion ($427 million)
Antonio Carlos Pipponzi serves as President and CEO of Raia Drogasil SA – the fourth largest chain of drugstores in Brazil and second largest in the state of São Paulo.
8. Carlos Pires de Oliveira Dias – R$ 1.03 billion ($440 million)
Carlos Pires de Oliveira Dias is a board member of the pharmacy network Raia Drogasil. He graduated in economics from Mackenzie University.
7. Geninho Thome – R$ 1.16 billion ($496 million)
Brazil holds the second position in the dental implant market in the world, second only to the United States. Geninho Thome is President of Neodent – a privately held dental company specializing in the design development and manufacture of dental implants. The company holds a third of the Brazilian dental implant market.
6. Paulo Sergio Barbanti – R$ 1.39 billion ($594 million)
In 1968, Paulo Sergio Barbanti founded Intermédica – a health business plan with assets including 90 surgical centers, 11 hospitals, eight emergency rooms and a professional network of 5,600 from around the country.
With a total of 3 million beneficiaries, including health and dental plans, Intermédica has a strong presence in São Paulo.
5. Jose Seripieri Filho – R$ 1.51 billion ($645 million)
Jose Seripieri Filho began selling health plans in the late 1980s. His experience in the industry led to the formation of Qualicorp Consultoria e Corretora de Seguros de Vida e Saude Ltda. Jose introduced the business model of making group adhesion health plans possible through partnerships with professional associations, which later on became an industry standard.
4. Francisco Deusmar de Queiros – R$ 2.18 billion ($932 million)
Francisco Deusmar de Queiros owns the second largest pharmacy chain in Brazil in sales, behind only newly consolidated Raia Drogasil. Pay Less, earned $3.2 billion in 2012 and last year was expected to reach revenues of R$ 4 billion and 17,000 employees, according to Forbes Brasil.
3. Jorge Moll Filho – R$ 3.17 billion ($1.35 billion)
Jorge Moll Filho is a Brazilian cardiologist and entrepreneur who founded Cardiolab – a health diagnostics imaging laboratory – in 1977 and was later rebranded as Labs D’Or – a network of health diagnosis centers throughout Rio de Janeiro.
Today, Rede D’Or operates 24 hospitals in several Brazilian cities with more than 4,000 beds. Another four hospitals are in the planning phases.
2. Dulce Pugliese de Godoy Bueno – R$ 4 billion ($1.71 billion)
In 1972, Dulce Pugliese de Godoy Bueno cofounded Amil Participacoes with her former husband Edson de Godo Bueno. With the acquisiotion of a few medical practices, Amil was tuned into a successfully publicly traded health insurer and hospital operator.
Dulce received a PhD in management from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and was assistant professor in the pediatrics department at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.
1. Edson de Godoy Bueno – R$ 5.79 billion ($2.47 billion)
Edson de Godoy Bueno is Brazil’s richest health care billionaire. In 2012, UnitedHealth Group purchased 90 percent of Brazilian insurer and hospital operator Amil Participacoes for $4.9 billion from Edson, with Edson retaining 10 percent of the share. Edson then went on to buy $470 million worth of UnitedHealth shares and joined the board.
According to Forbes, Edson is the son of a truck driver who decided to become a doctor at the age of 14 while working at a clinic. He later purchased the clinic before getting a medical degree from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.
Dexcom: changing the lives of people with type 1 diabetes
It is estimated that 9.3% of adults around the world are living with type 1 diabetes, which amounts to a total of 463 million people. A further 1.1 million children and adolescents under the age of 20 are living with the condition.
Unlike the more prevalent type 2 diabetes, where the body still produces insulin and symptoms develop slowly, people with type 1 diabetes need regular insulin injections or pumps, and must monitor their sugar levels frequently.
In recent years a number of remote glucose monitoring systems have become available that patients can use at home. These work with a sensor, usually placed under the skin, that measures glucose levels every few minutes. This information is then transmitted wirelessly to a device like a smartphone or tablet, which can then be shared with their clinician.
British actress Nina Wadia's son Aidan, 14, has type 1 diabetes, and has been managing his condition using Dexcom, a glucose monitoring system used by patients all over the world. Here Wadia explains how Dexcom has improved their lives.
As a parent of someone with type 1 diabetes, what is your day-to-day life like?
Being able to take a breath, think and pivot constantly without getting frustrated becomes an essential mindset because sometimes it feels like each day is determined to be different from the day before. Whatever worked yesterday is going to misfire today.
Which areas of yours and Aidan’s life are most impacted by diabetes?
The one thing that you have to fight hard to reclaim is spontaneity, especially when it comes to food and exercise. It’s only when this is taken do you realise how essential each one is. You can be flexible and there are no real limits, but only in the sense that a great athlete can be flexible without limits because they’ve trained super hard to be that way. So we’ve all had to become athletes when it comes to being spontaneous.
How has Dexcom helped you and Aidan?
Dexcom has brought future science fiction to real life today. The continuous glucose monitoring system is tiny, sits discreetly on his body and gives him a ten-day breather between sensor changes, so it's goodbye finger-pricking seven times daily.
Dexcom is totally active at a grass roots level and for Diabetes Awareness has pledged to donate £2,000 if #DexcomDiabetesStories and/or #DexcomWarriorStories is shared 200 times! I’ll be sharing more on social media and would love to hear how other families are winning their fights.
Maybe most importantly Dexcom is trying to introduce a reimbursement programme for type 1 diabetes patients which will give greater access to modern, life changing hi-tech. I want to spread the word on the importance of accessing it through this campaign.
If you compared your life today with how it was before Aidan was using Dexcom, what has changed?
It's always working, which lets him take his mind off diabetes for longer stretches. It also lets me get off his back. We both receive alerts so I no longer have to pester him by asking him what his number is, and especially importantly, I don’t have to wake him at night to prick his finger if I’m worried. Dexcom gave us back our sleep!