Tracking the Rise and Fall of Brazil's Wealthiest Citizen in a Volatile Economy

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Eike Batista, founder of EBX Holding and richest man of Brazil at his office on February 15, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Batista is German citizen and with an estimated worth of $27 billion.

Eike Batista, CEO of EBX Group, was once ranked as the 7th wealthiest person in the world and the richest person in Brazil until he lost it all. In Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country, journalist Alex Cuadros tells the story of Batista's rise and fall, and traces the effect of a volatile global economy on Brazil’s politicians, “soy barons,” media moguls and average citizens.