Today, Igor Cornelsen is one of Brazil’s biggest and most popular investment advisers. Born in Curitiba, Brazil, in 1947, Cornelsen actually had different plans as a young man. He entered the prestigious and highly competitive Federal University of Parana School of Engineering in 1965. It was about two years into his engineering studies that Cornelson decided to change his focus and study economics instead. Finishing his studies in 1970, he immediately launched what would eventually become a very successful investment career.
His background in mathematics and engineering proved highly advantageous in these early days, as this was before the widespread use of calculators and computers. Through his skill and work, Igor Cornelsen rose rapidly, and joined the board of directors for Multibanco in 1974, and became CEO just two short years later.
Though his tenure was relatively short due to a buyout, Cornelsen quickly found more opportunity, and settled on one of Brazil’s leading investment corporations, Unibanco. This was followed in 1985 by a move to Libra Bank PLC. This was notable as the first time Cornelsen was paid in USD, and with it, new investment opportunities. He continued his opportunity with Standard Chartered Merchant Bank as a member of the board, as well as a representative of Brazil. Finally, in 1995, Igor started his own investment firm, where he continues to be an active investment manager.
He continues to study economics, and closely follows many markets, starting his days in Sao Paulo, Brazil, early enough to catch the opening of European markets. He also enjoys meeting with colleagues and friends in the field to discuss developments and ideas. However, he always keeps as a core tenet the belief that he should not allow others to influence him, and that he wants to base all of his decisions on facts rather than opinions. As such, he focuses heavily on information rather than opinion, and how these pieces of information fit into the world markets as a whole. His aim is simply to use the information he gathers to make better decisions faster than anyone else, thus cementing himself at the top of the investing world.