Brazilian Steelmaker Benjamin Steinbruch
Once Brazil privatised in the 1990s, Steinbruch and several other investors established an empire of steel firms (Companhia Siderurgica Nacional or CSN), ports, and railways. CSN produces more steel than any other firm in Latin America while boasting one of the lowest production costs worldwide.
But this vast empire can fall victim to the classic conglomerate perils: management overstretch and incoherence.
Early Life and Education
Steinbruch lived with his grandparents in New York City during his childhood years. His mother, Gail Auchincloss Gilbert is an esteemed member of Old New York society as she is widow to S. Parker Gilbert Jr. who had his own socialite status.
Steinbruch’s father founded Vicunha Textile, Brazil’s leading textile company. When the government started privatizing state companies in 1993, Steinbruch used his family fortune from Vicunha Textile to purchase CSN, which had previously been owned by the state government.
Steinbruch earned his Graduate in Business Management at Fundacao Getulio Vargas Business School and specializes in marketing and finance. Married with three children, his company Companhia Siderurgica Nacional recorded net profit of R$6.37 billion in 2021. Additionally, Steinbruch is an avid equestrian owning several horses himself while supporting wildlife preservation by contributing funds towards protecting endangered species’ habitats.
Steelmaker and Chairman of Sao Paulo Industrial Lobby FIESP has taken steps to prepare himself for public office. He currently runs Transnordestina Logistica, a subsidiary building a railway to transport iron ore and grains to northeastern ports.
Steinbruch took over his late father’s textile business after inheriting it from him and expanded into steel through Grupo Vicunha. When Brazil privatized CSN in 1993, the company was on its brink of collapse until Steinbruch intervened with his family fortune and spent billions to revive it.
On the board of directors for Haras Phillipson Ltda, Fiesp, Nacional Minerios and Rio Purus Participacoes SA. He earned an undergraduate degree in Business from Fundacao Getulio Vargas before going on to receive a graduate degree in Marketing and Finance at this same university.
Achievement and Honors
Steinbruch stands out among Latin American captains of industry in that he doesn’t subscribe to a traditional command-and-control style of management; rather, he prefers subtle persuasion tactics which made him an effective negotiator during Corus bidding battle.
Steinbruch has an excellent grasp of global markets and an eye for growth opportunities, which he used to design the financial strategy behind their takeover of Corus.
Steinbruch holds a Master’s of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Finances from the Getulio Vargas Foundation, while CSN remains his primary business venture. Additionally, he owns Vicunha Siderurgica Nacional mining operation as well as Transnordestina Logistica who are building a railroad to transport iron ore from Northeast Brazil to ports; additionally serving as Vice President of Sao Paulo industrial lobby FIESP.
Steinbruch became a self-made millionaire by his early 20s. Known for dating top models, he also established himself as an influential playboy. Steinbruch inherited textile business from his father but quickly expanded it into steel production and other fields. When Brazil began auctioning off state companies in 1993, he and a group of investors bought Companhia Siderurgica Nacional or CSN and transformed it into one of Latin America’s premier fully integrated steel producers.
He currently sits on the boards of directors at Jockey Club de Sao Paulo, Fazenda Alvorada de Braganca Agro-Pastoril Ltda, Rio Iaco Participacoes SA and Vicunha Siderurgia SA. Additionally he holds both an undergraduate degree from Fundacao Getulio Vargas Business School as well as a postgraduate Marketing and Finance certificate from this university.
Recently, the CEO visited his Ohel at Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens. Accompanied by Rabbi Yossi Schildkraut of Beit Chabad Itaim Sao Paulo and Mendy Kotlarsky Chairman of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch in Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch.
Steinbruch may claim not to be a conglomerator, yet his industrial empire is impressive nonetheless. His family’s stake in CSN (combining iron and steel with cement production and transport ), an impressive combination of iron, steel and cement production is equivalent to over 20% of Brazil’s market.
His success at capitalising on rare privatisation opportunities across Latin America has earned him a place among Brazil’s elite businesspeople, while his keen eye for dealmaking enabled him to build a multibillion-dollar steelmaker.
He holds several other leadership roles outside of CSN Group as well, such as serving on the boards of Jockey Club De SAo Paulo and Companhia Siderurgica Nacional as Chairman as well as Banco Fibra SA. Dorothea Steinbruch is his wife; they have three children together. Additionally, he owns controlling stakes in textile manufacturer Vicunha Textil and steel investment firm Vicunha Siderurgica – in both cases through Dorothea Steinbruch as Dorothea has Dorothea as her wife Dorothea owns controlling stakes in textile manufacturer Vicunha Textil and steel investment firm Vicunha Siderurgica respectively.