Brazil boom breeds new generation of millionaires

by Dave

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By the time he was 29, Calderaro was worth well over a million reais ($630,000) thanks to big bets on steel, mining and banking stocks just as Brazil’s economy was taking off after decades of lackluster growth. Since then, his fortune has swelled even more, cementing his status as a full-fledged member of Brazil’s new rich.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” said Calderaro, who is now 31 and teaches seminars on the stock market when he is not managing his own expanding portfolio. “All this was possible because of the economy.”

Thanks largely to a commodities and credit boom, Brazil is seeing a burst of economic growth that is lifting millions out of poverty in a country long known for its stark inequality. On top of that wave, riding a stock market that tripled in four years, is a breed of millionaires like Calderaro being created at a breakneck pace — at least 23,000 last year.