About the event

The Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner has been held annually by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce since 1970. The Gala honors two outstanding leaders – one from Brazil and one from the United States – who have been particularly instrumental in forging closer ties between the two nations. Past honorees have included President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President Bill Clinton, Min. Henrique Meirelles, and Henry Kissinger.

The 2024 Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner, took place at The Glasshouse, located at 660 12th Avenue, in New York, on WednesdayMay 15th. Over 1,000 leaders from the international business, financial, and diplomatic communities attended the celebration at The Glasshouse, which honored, as Brazilian Person of the Year, Alexandre Birman, CEO & CCO of Arezzo&Co – and as American Person of the Year, Wes Edens, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Fortress Investment Group. Special awards were bestowed upon three non-profit organizations – Parceiros da Educação with the Community Impact Award, Amigos da Poli with the Social Responsibility Award in Science and Technology, and Motriz with the Social Responsibility Award in Leadership Development.

The Person of the Year Fellowship Program is funded by proceeds from the Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner, and conducted in partnership with Fundação Lemann,  Instituto Ling, and United Airlines, and has co-supported over 167 Brazilian students who have already graduated or are studying to obtain graduate degrees from top tier American universities.

In addition to the gala, a series of parallel events sponsored by institutions such as Financial Times, Banco Itaú, BTG Pactual, Bank of America, Citi, Forbes Brasil, and J. Safra Group contributed to making the week of the gala “POY Brazil Week” in New York.

The POY has become the premier event of the Brazilian-American community in the United States, and its success has enabled the Chamber to expand its annual programming to further develop the ties between Brazil and the United States.

As a way to relive important moments from the 2024 Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner, we share with you the links to the photo gallery.

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