No 854 in Forbes list of Billionaires
August 3, 1934 – June 24, 2016
Francisco Ivens de Sa Dias Branco was the octogenarian founder of Brazilian food giant, M. Dias Branco. The company was born in 1940 as a small bakery in the northeastern state of Ceara, Dias Branco joined as a partner in 1953. It has since grown to a conglomerate with more than 17,000 direct employees and 13 factories across Brazil. While most of Dias Branco’s wealth stems from his stake in M. Dias, he also owns a vast portfolio of real estate in Ceara.
He was born on August 3, 1934, in Cedro, Ceará, son of Manuel Dias Branco and Maria Vidal de Sa Branco, both of Portuguese ancestry. Ivens was married to Maria Consuelo Leon Scott Dias Branco, their born children: Francisco Ivens, Francisco Marcos, Claudio Francisco, Maria Regina and Maria das Gracas.
He is considered the first billionaire in the Northeast region of Brazil (the poorest)
Wikipedia: As a business dynamic and entrepreneurial activities in the sector in which it operates, participated in two specialization courses for the industrial production of biscuits and pasta, made in Germany and England. Promotes travel abroad each year in order to attend Congresses and conferences related to his business. His Business also extend to the construction industry and hospitality. Ivens was chairman of the board of the group.
His performance as a business man received great boost from the relocation of the factory to Fortaleza Br, where he set an enterprise with 62,000 meters square covered area and served as a landmark for the location of various projects on site.
From the M. Dias Branco website:
Francisco Ivens de Sá Dias Branco. Mr. Ivens Branco, 80 years, is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and indirect controlling shareholder of the Company.
Mr. Ivens began his business career in 1953, when he became a partner in M. Dias Branco & Cia. Ltda., with his father, Mr. Manoel Dias Branco, the founder of the Company. In 1961, Mr. Ivens Branco became the Company‘s Chief Executive Officer.
During his professional career, received several awards and commendations, such as: (i) The Golden Mermaid Trophy, awarded by Verdes Mares Communication System; (ii) the Degree of Ordinary Board Commander of the Merit for Labour Judiciary, by admission of the Superior Labor Court; (iii) the Edson Queiroz Medal awarded by the House of Representatives of the State of Ceará, (iv) the Industrial Merit Medal awarded by the Federation of Industries of the State of Ceará (Federação das Indústrias do Estado do Ceará), and (v) the Military Merit Medal awarded by the Brazilian Army. His first term in the Company, as a member of the Board of Directors, began in April 2006. Mr. Ivens has not worked for other publicly held companies.
Francisco Ivens de Sá Dias Branco Júnior. Mr. Ivens Jr, 54 years, is the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Industrial Vice President for Crackers, Cookies, Pasta, Margarine, Cakes and Snacks.
He began his career at the Company in 1976 working on several of its divisions. In 1981, for his performance in the Company’s industrial area, he was appointed Industrial Officer of the Company, and became a shareholder. In 2002, he contributed significantly to the implementation of the G.M.E. Division in the State of Ceará, one of the Company’s plants that manufactures margarine and vegetable shortening. In 2003, Mr. Ivens Jr. became the Company’s Superintendent Officer, a position that he held until being appointed to his current position.
Throughout his career, he received several awards and titles, such as the Edson Queiroz Medal, awarded in 2005 by the House of Representatives of the State of Ceará. He became the Company’s Industrial Vice President in 2006. Mr. Ivens Jr. has not worked for other publicly held companies.
Editor’s note: Robert Breakespeare Ivens (1822 – 1989), son of William Ivens [of Swinbrook, Oxon] and Elizabeth Flora Hickling, married first: Margarida Julia de Medeiros Castello BRANCO, by whom he had a son Roberto Ivens, who became Portugal’s famous explorer.
The surname is tantalizingly similar to Francisco Ivens de Sa Dias Branco, but I will need the family genealogists in Portugal to advise if there is any real connection.