Joaquim Barbosa

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Birthday
7, 1954
Birthplace
Brazil
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
7, 1954 (age 65)
Birthplace
Brazil

About

Brazilian lawyer who, in 2003, became his country's first black Supreme Court justice. In 2012 he assumed the posit of Chief Justice of Brazil and the following year he was included on Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Before Fame

In a country where half the population is black, his election to the court had a lot of symbolical meaning.

Trivia

In the weeks leading up to his selection as the head of the Supreme Court, he presided over a high-level corruption trial that implicated congressmen and government officials.

Family Life

The oldest son of a bricklayer father, he came from very humble beginnings.

Associated With

Where he was the first black man on the Brazilian Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall accomplished the same in the U.S.