Luiza Trajano is the only Brazilian on the Financial Times’ list of the 25 most influential women in the world. Photo: Benedikt von Loebell / World Economic Forum / Flickr.
Businesswoman Luiza Helena Trajano, chairman of the board of directors of Luiza magazine, has been chosen as one of the 25 most influential women in the world by the Financial Times. She is the only Brazilian on the English newspaper’s 2021 list. The text highlights the trajectory of Trajano, who started working at the age of 17 in the family store, in Franca (SP), and transformed the company into one of the most important retailers in Latin America.
“One of the country’s most remarkable businesswomen and social leaders, Trajano is an inspiration to entrepreneurs around the world,” the publication says. In September, the businesswoman was also the only Brazilian on Time’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
The Financial Times pointed out that the Luiza Magazine group is currently valued at over $ 10 billion and employs around 40,000 people. The text also cites speculations on the possibility that Luiza Trajano is a candidate for the presidency of the Republic. However, the businesswoman says she is not interested.
In addition, Trajano’s role in social issues such as gender and race equality is also recognized. “Trajano strongly believes in the duty of business to lead by example in social matters and has passionately defended gender and racial equality – remarkable in a country characterized by great social inequalities and where the business elite are often blamed. to live in a bubble, ”he said. said journalist Gillian Tett, who wrote the profile for the businesswoman.