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<br /> <strong>RIO DE JANEIRO.</strong> Jorge Paulo Lemann lost his first job, as afinancial columnist, after graduating from Harvard University in 1961.“Right after that, his career just took off,” said Alberto Dines, 78,the former managing editor of the Rio de Janeiro-based newspaper.


RIO DE JANEIRO. Jorge Paulo Lemann lost his first job, as a financial columnist, after graduating from Harvard University in 1961. “Right after that, his career just took off,” said Alberto Dines, 78, the former managing editor of the Rio de Janeiro-based newspaper.


In three decades of deal-making, Lemann, 71, engineered the $52-billion takeover of Anheuser-Busch, founded a firm that became Brazil’s largest investment bank and amassed $11.5 billion to become the nation’s second-richest man, according to Forbes magazine. His latest transaction is a $3.3-billion takeover of Burger King Holdings, the biggest restaurant acquisition in at least a decade.

 
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