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Silvio Santos

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Senor Abravanel born December 12, 1930, known professionally as Silvio Santos, is a Brazilian entrepreneur and television host He is the owner of Grupo Silvio Santos, whose holdings include SBT, the second largest television network in the country His net worth was US$23 billion in 2013 He is the presenter of the second oldest Brazilian program: Programa Silvio Santos 1963–present

He is also the only celebrity in the country on the list of billionaires by Forbes magazine The magazine also states that "there is no one more famous than Silvio Santos in Brazil


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Finances and involvement in politics
  • 3 Social impact
  • 4 See also
  • 5 Notes
  • 6 References
  • 7 Further reading
  • 8 External links

Early life

Senor Abravanel is the son of Sephardic Jewish immigrants His father, Alberto Abravanel, was born in Thessalonica, Greece in 1897, and his mother, Rebecca Caro, was born in Smyrna, Ottoman Empire in 1907 Both died in Rio de Janeiro in 1976 and 1989 respectively and are buried side by side in the Cemitério Comunal Israelita do Caju

On his paternal side, Silvio Santos is a descendant of Isaac Abravanel

Silvio Santos worked on the streets of Rio de Janeiro as a street vendor at the age of 14 During this period, he was invited to work in a radio station, but as he made more money as a camelô, a Brazilian name for a street vendor, he left the broadcaster job a month later

Later he went to São Paulo and after taking several different jobs that included prizes raffling, Silvio Santos got a part on a TV show that was a major success At the same time, he bought the company Baú da Felicidade, which later would become part of Grupo Silvio Santos

Finances and involvement in politics

With a net worth of 32 billion BRL around 800 million USD, Silvio Santos is the single biggest individual/natural person taxpayer in Brazil

In 1976, he started to fight for the rights of having his own television network, as he wanted to expand his prizes raffling

In 1981 he finally had the permission to operate what would become TVS, in São Paulo The TV channel expanded very quickly and became what today is known as SBT acronym for Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão, translation: "Brazilian System of Television", a brand that would be widespread throughout the country by the end of the 80s

Silvio Santos also tried to get involved in politics and even ran for president in 1989, but due to irregularities in the party he had affiliated to, his candidacy was contested

In 2008, Grupo Silvio Santos completed 50 years and was then formed by 44 companies, with ventures that range from agribusiness to banks and hotels

Social impact

As he comes from a humble background, people tend to identify themselves with him and see him as proof that wealth can be achieved through hard work and persistence Another point is that, as he was born to immigrant parents, Silvio Santos embodies the concept that Brazilians are a mixture of several different ethnicities

He is also responsible for providing access to major international TV programming, such as Celebrity Big Brother, Wheel of Fortune, Candid Camera, Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader and Who Wants to Be Millionaire

Instead of just broadcasting these shows – which are mostly on pay TV channels – he created Brazilian versions so that people would not only watch the shows, but also participate in them as contestants and compete for prizes

These shows usually attract middle-class people, as he would raffle money, houses, appliances, cars and even promote family reunions and marriages However, it did not prevent him from inviting celebrities and politicians who would participate in his shows and donate their prizes to various charities

His trajectory has led to many comparisons between him and Sir Richard Branson, the British baron Due to his extremely charismatic personality, Silvio Santos is one of the most influential people in Brazil

Due to his peculiar mannerisms, impersonations of him have become a staple of Brazilian humor

Santos's other trademark is wearing a full-size microphone on his chest although he would eventually abandon this practice by late 2014

See also

  • Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão
  • List of Brazilians by net worth


  1. ^ Meet TV Star Silvio Santos, Brazil's First Ever Celebrity Billionaire
  2. ^ http://www1folhauolcombr/folha/dimenstein/gilberto/gd220500htm
  3. ^ Editora, On Line; Editora, Grandes Ídolos On Line 2017-09-18 Te Contei Grandes Ídolos Edição Luxo Silvio Santos Ed01 On Line Editora 
  4. ^ Meet TV Star Silvio Santos, Brazil's First Ever Celebrity Billionaire
  5. ^ The fantastic story of Silvio Santos, Arlindo Silva, page 98
  6. ^ 45 fatos sobre Silvio Santos, o camelô que virou bilionário
  7. ^ 'Forbes': Silvio Santos e Edir Macedo entram em lista de bilionários Archived 2013-05-09 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Silvio Santos - Forbes
  9. ^ Este é o artigo irá apresentá-lo para Silvio Santos, um dos empresários mais bem sucedidos no Brasil, com foco em sua trajetória, sucesso e papel na televisão brasileira
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  • Grinberg, Keila 2005 Os judeus no Brasil Editora Record ISBN 85-200-0699-X 

Further reading

  • Silva, Arlindo 2002 A fantástica história de Sílvio Santos Editora do Brasil ISBN 85-10-03063-4 

External links

  • Sílvio Santos on IMDb
  • Official SBT site

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