Famous Brazilian Leaders

Find out more about the greatest Brazilian Leaders, including Dilma Rousseff, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Carlos Ghosn, Getúlio Vargas and Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

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 1 Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff
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Famous As: 36th President of Brazil (2011-16)
Birthdate: December 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Brazilian economist and politician Dilma Rousseff served as the president of Brazil from 2011 to 2016, becoming the first Brazilian woman president. She has also served as former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s Chief of Staff earlier and has been part of various energy-conservation groups.

 2 Jair Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro
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Famous As: President of Brazil (Since 2019)
Birthdate: March 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glicério, State of São Paulo, Brazil

The 38th president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro started his career in the military, serving in the army's field artillery and parachutist units. He then overcame false accusations and first-degree conviction to become the president of Brazil. Over the years, Jair Bolsonaro has also received criticisms for voicing against homosexuality, secularism, abortion, and same-sex marriage.

 3 Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
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Famous As: 35th president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010
Birthdate: October 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Caetés, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
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 4 Michel Temer

Michel Temer
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Famous As: 37th President of Brazil (2016-19)
Birthdate: September 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tietê, State of São Paulo, Brazil

Michel Temer is a Brazilian politician who served as the 37th president of Brazil from 2016 to 2019. He assumed office following the impeachment of his predecessor Dilma Rousseff. Prior to that, he had been the vice president. A qualified lawyer, he has been active in politics since his college days. He was unpopular as the president. 

 5 Maria II of Portugal

Maria II of Portugal
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Famous As: Queen of Portugal
Birthdate: April 4, 1819
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paço de São Cristóvão, Brazil
Died: November 15, 1853

 6 Bebeto

Bebeto
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil

 7 Getúlio Vargas

Getúlio Vargas
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: April 19, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: São Borja
Died: August 24, 1954
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 8 Gilberto Gil

Gilberto Gil
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Famous As: singer, guitarist, songwriter, composer
Birthdate: June 26, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Salvador

Gilberto Gil is a Brazilian politician, singer, and songwriter. Renowned for his political activism and musical innovation, Gil began his career by writing songs that aimed at creating political awareness. Not surprisngly, he played an important role in the tropicália musical movement during the 1960s. Over the course of his career, Gilberto Gil has won a couple of Grammy Awards.

 9 João Goulart

João Goulart
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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: March 1, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São Borja
Died: December 6, 1976

 10 Fernando Collor de Mello

Fernando Collor de Mello
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Famous As: Senator for Alagoas since February 2007, 32nd president of Brazil from 1990 to 1992
Birthdate: August 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fernando Collor de Mello is a Brazilian politician best known for his service as the President of Brazil from 1990 to 1992. Collor was not only the first Brazilian president to be elected democratically after the end of the military dictatorship in Brazil, he was also the youngest president in the history of Brazil.

 11 Juscelino Kubitschek

Juscelino Kubitschek
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Famous As: Former President of Brazil 1956 – 1961
Birthdate: September 12, 1902
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Diamantina, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Died: August 22, 1976

 12 Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Fernando Henrique Cardoso
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Famous As: Sociologist & Politician who served as the 34th president of Brazil
Birthdate: June 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 13 Tancredo Neves

Tancredo Neves
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Famous As: Former Governor of Minas Gerais
Birthdate: March 4, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São João del-Rei, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Died: April 21, 1985

 14 Joaquim José da Silva Xavier

Joaquim José da Silva Xavier
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: November 12, 1746
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pombal, Brazil
Died: April 21, 1792

 15 Aécio Neves

Aécio Neves
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Famous As: Economist, Politician
Birthdate: March 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belo Horizonte

 16 João Figueiredo

João Figueiredo
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Famous As: Military Leader and Politician who was the 30th president of Brazil
Birthdate: January 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: December 24, 1999

 17 Itamar Franco

Itamar Franco
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Famous As: Former President of Brazil
Birthdate: June 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brazilian territorial waters, Atlantic Ocean
Died: July 2, 2011

 18 Marina Silva

Marina Silva
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Famous As: Politician, Trade unionist
Birthdate: February 8, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rio Branco

 19 Emílio Garrastazu Médici

Emílio Garrastazu Médici
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Bagé

 20 Ernesto Geisel

Ernesto Geisel
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Famous As: Former President of Brazil
Birthdate: August 3, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bento Gonçalves, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Died: September 12, 1996

 21 Deodoro da Fonseca

Deodoro da Fonseca
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 5, 1827
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marechal Deodoro, State of Alagoas, Brazil
Died: August 23, 1892

 22 José Sarney

José Sarney
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Famous As: 31st president of Brazil from 21 April 1985 to 14 March 1990
Birthdate: April 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pinheiro, State of Maranhão, Brazil

 23 Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Roberto Mangabeira Unger
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Famous As: Philosopher, Politician
Birthdate: March 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 24 Geraldo Alckmin

Geraldo Alckmin
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 25 Jânio Quadros

Jânio Quadros
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Famous As: President of Brazil
Birthdate: January 25, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Campo Grande, Brazil
Died: February 16, 1992

 26 Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco

Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco
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Famous As: Military Leader, and Politician
Birthdate: September 20, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fortaleza, State of Ceará, Brazil
Died: July 18, 1967

 27 Acelino Freitas

Acelino Freitas
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Famous As: Boxer, Politician
Birthdate: September 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

 28 Artur da Costa e Silva

Artur da Costa e Silva
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 29 Cândido Rondon

Cândido Rondon
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: May 5, 1865
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: near Cuiabá, Brazil
Died: January 19, 1958

 30 Luiz Alves de Lima e Silva, duke de Caxias

Luiz Alves de Lima e Silva, duke de Caxias
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: August 25, 1803
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Duque de Caxias, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: May 7, 1880

 31 Tifanny Abreu

Tifanny Abreu
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Famous As: Volleyball player
Birthdate: October 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paraíso do Tocantins, State of Tocantins, Brazil

 32 Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves

Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves
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Famous As: Politician, President
Birthdate: July 7, 1848
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guaratinguetá
Died: January 16, 1919

 33 Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa

Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 26, 1869
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Macaé, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: August 4, 1957

 34 Floriano Peixoto

Floriano Peixoto
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Famous As: Soldier, Politician
Birthdate: April 30, 1839
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Maceió
Died: July 29, 1895

 35 Eduardo Paes

Eduardo Paes
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 36 José Serra

José Serra
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 37 Marcos Pontes

Marcos Pontes
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: March 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bauru, State of São Paulo, Brazil

 38 Eurico Gaspar Dutra

Eurico Gaspar Dutra
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Famous As: Military leader
Birthdate: May 18, 1883
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cuiabá
Died: June 11, 1974

 39 Luís Carlos Prestes

Luís Carlos Prestes
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Died: March 7, 1990

 40 José de Alencar

José de Alencar
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 41 Enéas Carneiro

Enéas Carneiro
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Famous As: Cardiologist
Birthdate: November 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rio Branco, State of Acre, Brazil
Died: May 6, 2007

 42 Bernardino Luís Machado

Bernardino Luís Machado
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Famous As: President of Portugal
Birthdate: March 28, 1851
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: April 29, 1944

 43 Leonel Brizola

Leonel Brizola
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carazinho, Brazil
Died: June 21, 2004

 44 Renan Calheiros

Renan Calheiros
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Famous As: President of the Federal Senate (2013 - 2017)
Birthdate: September 16, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Murici, Alagoas, Brazil

 45 Infante Sebastian of Portugal and Spain

Infante Sebastian of Portugal and Spain
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: November 4, 1811
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Quinta da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: February 14, 1875

 46 Waldemar Levy Cardoso

Waldemar Levy Cardoso
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Famous As: Army Officer
Birthdate: December 4, 1900
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: May 13, 2009

 47 José Paranhos, Baron of Rio Branco

José Paranhos, Baron of Rio Branco
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Famous As: Former Minister of External Relations of Brazil
Birthdate: April 20, 1845
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: February 10, 1912

 48 José Dirceu

José Dirceu
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 49 Mário Covas

Mário Covas
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 21, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santos, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Died: March 6, 2001

 50 Graciliano Ramos

Graciliano Ramos
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 27, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Quebrangulo, State of Alagoas, Brazil
Died: January 26, 1953