2nd richest person in Portugal who in 2008 was ranked by Forbes as the 605th richest person in the world.
He studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Porto and attended business school at Harvard.
He owned a significant portion of one of the largest business groups in Portugal, Sonae SGPS.
He had three children with his wife Maria Carvalhais.
He and John Richard Simplot were both among the world's wealthiest people.