Brazilian celebrity television personality and businessman best known as the head of a more than six billion-dollar TV network holding company called the Grupo Silvio Santos.
During his teenage years, he worked as a street vendor in Rio de Janeiro.
He ran unsuccessfully in 1989 for the Brazilian presidency.
He married Iris Abravanel 1978, and he has a total of six daughters. He was raised in a Jewish family in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson both had highly lucrative careers as entrepreneurs.