The 2019 Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner will be held at an upscale venue (to be announced soon) on May 14, 2019. Over 1,000 leaders from the international business, financial, and diplomatic communities convene in New York City each year at this traditional gala to pay tribute to the honorees.
A brief biography of the honoree follows:
President Jair Messias Bolsonaro:
Jair Bolsonaro was elected President of Brazil in October 2018 with 57 million votes, 55.13% of total votes, as the candidate of the coalition of the PSL and PRTB parties.
His political career began in 1988 as an elected representative of the City Council of Rio de Janeiro. In 1990, he was elected for the first of seven consecutive terms as Federal Deputy for Rio de Janeiro. In 2014, he received the most votes of any congressional candidate (Câmara dos Deputados) for the state of Rio de Janeiro. During his parliamentary mandates, he was known for defending the rights of active and inactive military and pensioners. He also sought different approaches to improving the safety of citizens in Brazil. In addition to these initiatives, he emphasized the importance of Christian values and family.