Francisco Ivens De Sa Dias Branco is the founder of one of the most renowned food companies in Brazil, the M. Dias Branco. Forbes ranked him among the richest men in the world. North-east area of Brazil is considered to be the poorest area in the country, and Ivens came out as the first billionaire from this region. He was not destined to be what he is today. He did a lot of hard work and commitment to build an empire out of nothing.
Manuel Dias Branco, Ivens’ father started a small bakery in Ceara in the year 1940. It was a small enterprise that was dedicated to making pasta and biscuits, and supplying within the region. Ivens joined his father in 1953, and since then, has expanded his father’s business to new heights. Today, it is a full-service company that makes, markets and supplies a varied range of wheat flour, margarine, vegetable shortening, snacks, cakes, cookies and pasta in Brazil. The company holds more than 25% of biscuit market of Brazil, and is the 3rd biggest wheat flour producer in the country. At present, the company has more than 14,000 employees, 25 distribution centers and 14 industrial units in different states of the country.