Roberto Santiago is one of the most successful and beloved business people in Brazil. He is the owner of two of the country’s most popular shopping and entertainment destinations Manaira Shopping Mall and Mangeira Shopping Mall in Joao Pessoa, Paraiba state. Santiago is was born in Joao Pessoa and with the success of the malls he is now considered a hometown hero. But Roberto Santiago had been a popular person in Brazil long before he built the malls. He wrote a popular entertaining and enlightening blog and had been a well-known driver who won awards in motocross and kart championships.

 

The transition from sports and writing to entrepreneurship was a gradual process for Roberto Santiago. First he began working at Café Santa Rosa. Customers loved his warm, welcoming personality and the owners of the café like his discipline and work ethic and Santiago quickly became a favorite. After a period of time Roberto Santiago got the opportunity to go into business on his own. He started a company that made cardboard shipping boxes. He then started producing cartoon characters made out of cardboard. They were a huge hit with the tourists and enabled Santiago’s wealth to grow. Roberto Santiago also became involved in real estate for a number of years and had lots of success.

 

Then in 1987, Roberto Santiago began buying land in Joao Pessoa to build the first of his malls. It took two years to complete, but when it opened in 1989, people began coming from all over Brazil to do their shopping and just have fun at Manaira Shopping Mall. The mall has everything children and adults want. Built between two beaches, it offers shoppers a spectacular view of the surroundings. The mall has ballrooms, bowling alleys, 11 cinemas, an 18,000 foot gaming area with over 2,000 electronic betting machines, hundreds of stores, a food court with a wide array of fast food and fine dining choices, a gym, an amusement park, a financial institution and a college.

 

Even though Manaira Shopping Mall was already very popular, Roberto Santiago made an addition to the mall in 2009 that took it into the stratosphere. He added a two-level rooftop concert venue called Domus Hall. The facility is air-conditioned, soundproofed, has the latest high-tech music systems, seating for 4,000 and can hold 10,000 people. It has been used for graduation ceremonies, weddings, festivals, exhibitions and conferences. Domus Hall was also the site of some amazing live shows featuring top Brazilian and international artists.

 

The success of Manaira Shopping Mall has been great for the city of Joao Pessoa. Crowds are flocking to the city, businesses are relocating there, property values are rising and the local economy is booming.

 

Billionaires seem to be increasing in number. The category has become very competitive as capital flows around the world. What is Peter Briger’s rank on “Forbes Billionaire List?”

Peter Briger Education

Peter Briger studied at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania. In fact, he is one of the important contributor’s of the Princeton Alumni Entrepreneurs Fund (AEF). This fund provides recent alumni with the means to make their dreams come true.This is a great reason why individuals might choose Princeton over other educational institutions. While gaining knowledge is a valuable pursuit, many graduates also want some assistance with creating their own business. This Princeton Entrepreneurs Fund provides the resources to make this happen.Since 2015, this fund has already invested in 25 alumni startups. Princeton alumni can receive up to $100,000 in matching funds, mentorship and peer-to-peer learning opportunities. This allows the alumni to learn from successful entrepreneurs, such as billionaire Peter Briger.

Fortress Investment Group Principal

After college, financial professional Peter Priger joined Goldman Sachs. He used the financial expertise from working at this global brand to build up his hybrid hedge fund skills. Peter Briger joined the Fortress Investment Group, 4 years after its founding.According to Forbes, Peter Briger was #962 on the “World’s Billionaires List” in 2008. The largest portion of his wealth were received when the Fortress Investment Group was sold to SoftBank for $8.08 per share.Why was SoftBank so interested in the Fortress Investment Group?

The purchase was part of SoftBank’s $100 billion Vision Fund, which sought out both “investment potential” and “human capital.” Fortress had many very valuable assets on its books, including railways that could be upgraded to becoming the new transportation infrastructure.Peter Briger and other leading executives stayed on with Fortress to provide their human capital. Their expertise in finding valuable American assets would be very advantageous to the Japanese SoftBank. Peter Briger’s Goldman Sachs ties were probably a key part of this human capital investment.

Most people across the world have turned to gas and oil as their main source of fuel. They are economical and easily accessible. This has attracted many companies into the gas and oil industry. Talos Energy happens to be one of the companies that have shown strong desire and commitment in the oil and gas industry. The experience the management team of this company has can be traced through several decades. The company is experienced in offshore production and exploration. The team is competent in acquiring developed deepwater assets and operated shelf. The company has cutting-edge technologies and innovative techniques that help it optimize, exploit and explore these assets.The company takes pride in a strong track record for over a decade now, which has helped it to yield positive results. The team is known to work cohesively to make such results possible.

The team had successfully started two Gulf of Mexico companies that dealt with oil and gas before they started Talos Energy in 2012. These two Mexico Gulf companies included Gryphon Exploration Company and Phoenix Exploration Company, which they later sold. Each of these companies used to deliver their equity investors significant returns. Out of such a solid foundation, Talos Energy has become a world-class and rapidly growing company. The company ensures its operations are environmentally friendly and safe. Moreover, the company is keen on finding better and new ways to operate.Premier Oil Plc and Sierra Oil Gas are the joint venture partners that Talos Energy works with. Zama-1 happens to be the first offshore exploration well Talos Energy drilled in Mexico. From the Dos Bocas Port, the well is located 60 kilometers away.

Besides producing natural gas in the Gulf Coast, Talos Energy is also involved in developing gas and oil properties in the Gulf of Mexico. Timothy Duncan founded the Houston-based Talos Energy in 2012 by raising equity of about $600 million from Riverstone Holdings and Apollo Global Management.Talos Energy is also involved in business development activities such as farm-ins and JV’s. The seismic inventory the company utilizes is 10.2 million acres so as to enhance the utilization of its transaction economics. The workplace environment that this company provides inspires performance and unlocks potential. The company has continued to perfect and refine its technology. The company is known to offer services with robust benchmarking data and proven neuroscience. The kind of employee engagement solution it provides is worldly accepted and is useful in empowering different organizations to achieve amazing results.

The music industry is one of the most competitive places in the world. And for one woman, rising to the top of the industry has been a lifelong dream. That woman, Roc Nation’s Desiree Perez, has been the mastermind and the partner of one of the most influential artists of the past quarter-century.Billboard’s Annual Power 100 list features the most powerful and the most influential artists and executives in the music industry. Out of the thousands of people considered, Roc Nation’s Cheif Operating Officer Desiree Perez was ranked number 54 alongside Roc Nations’sCheif Executive Officer Jay Brown and hip-hop legend Jay-Z.

As one of the most powerful women in music, Desiree Perez has become an inspiration for many young women who seek to follow in her footsteps. Mrs. Perez has been instrumental in many of the biggest deals of Jay-Z’s career. Among her accomplishments includes the 10-Year $200 million dollar deal which Roc Nation signed with concert promoter giant Live Nation. Mrs. Perez has also been instrumental in a number of deals and projects which Jay-Z has undertaken in the last three decades.

Some of the big deals handled by Mrs. Perez includes the launch of streaming service Tidal as well as negotiating Beyoncé’s recent stadium tour. It is also said that Mrs. Perez played a major role in the Rhianna sponsorship deal with Samsung. Desiree Perez has been a part of Jay-Z’s business empire for a better part of two decades. In that time, Jay-Z has risen to be one of the biggest hip-hop stars in history as well as a cultural icon and business mogul. As one of the top, long-time associates of Jay-Z’s inner circle, Desiree Perez has become one of the most powerful women in the entertainment business.