Jorge Paulo Lemann
Jorge Paulo Lemann regards education as Brazil’s most important challenge. He divides his time between corporate boards, family and educational causes and is the Founder and Chair of the Lemann Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that focuses on improving public education in Brazil. He is also the Co-Founder and a Board Member of Fundação Estudar, an organization that has provided merit-based scholarships for exceptional Brazilians to study at leading Universities in the United States, Brazil and other countries for two decades. Lemann has generously supported cross-cultural initiatives at Harvard University, including the Brazil Studies Program and Brazil Office of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), for over a decade. He established the Lemann Visiting Scholars program and, more recently, the Lemann Fellows program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Harvard Kennedy School and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He has actively engaged with the 38 students who comprise the first five cohorts of Lemann Fellows, as well as with students he has supported at Harvard College, Harvard Business School and elsewhere at the University. In business, Lemann is one of the controlling shareholders of Anheuser-Busch Inbev (ABI), the world’s biggest brewer, formed when Inbev acquired Anheuser-Busch in November 2008. He shares control of the brewer with his former investment banking partners Marcel Telles and Carlos Alberto Sicupira, as well as with the Belgian families that controlled Inbev’s predecessor, Interbrew. The Lemann-Telles-Sicupira trio, which also controls Brazilian retailer Lojas Americanas, has played a central role in fostering entrepreneurship and meritocracy in Brazil and globally. Lemann enjoys tennis and played at Wimbeldon and in the Davis Cup. He received a bachelor's degree in Economics from Harvard College, 1961.