Name: Paulo Salim Maluf (Maalouf)
Date of Birth: September 3, 1931
Place of Birth: São Paulo
Parents: Salim Farah Maluf & Maria Stephan Maluf (both Lebanese Immigrants)
Lebanese village: NA
Does he recognize his Lebanese roots? When you’ll read his “achievements” you’ll easily identify his Lebanese roots
Net Worth: NA
Main Achievements: State Governor of São Paulo, Mayor of the City of São Paulo, Congressman, Presidential candidate and wanted by Interpol and the U.S justice.
Famous Quote: “If you’re in lust, rape, but do not kill.” (In portuguese “Se está com desejo sexual, estupra, mas não mata.”)
Paulo Maluf graduated as an engineer from the University of Sao Paulo in 1954. In his early life, Maluf was a self-acknowledged playboy with a taste for fast-racing sportscars. He entered politics through his family’s friendship with the then military president Artur da Costa e Silva. He was appointed mayor of Sao Paulo in 1969. His political career lasted for more than 40 years. He occupied numerous positions but there was a common factor : “Corruption”. Maluf began his career by initiating a controversial transport project in Sao Paulo, then in 1970 he offered a Volkswagen car to each player of the national football team (Seleção). After that, the verb “to maluf” (Malufar in Portuguese and Malufer in French) became synonym to corruption and stealing public money (according to Le Monde in September 2005) . Many scandals rocked Maluf’s political career like the scandal of “Ayrton Senna Tunnel” and many money laundering cases in foreing countries. Maluf managed to escape several times from foreign verdicts because the Brazilian constitution does not allow for the extradition of Brazilian citizens. In early September 2005, Paulo Maluf and his son Flávio Maluf were temporarily arrested by the Brazilian Federal police, under the charge of intimidating witnesses of an ongoing investigation. They were only incarcerated for a few weeks. In March 2010, Paulo and Flávio Maluf were included in the Red notice of Interpol, being subject to extradition in 181 countries. Nevertheless, this arrest warrant is not valid in Brazil as written above.
Sure you won’t find any article written about this man in any Lebanese immigration website or any lebanese magazine or newspaper. Anyone ever asked himself why should all the lebanese abroad are successful, brilliant and honest? Who said that by the way? We think that there’s millions of lebanese abroad, we have some famous business men and politicians…and the rest? They must be distributed like the lebanese in Lebanon: Poor people, Rich people and Corrupted businessmen and politicians. Lebanese are the same in Lebanon and abroad, stop saying that lebanese abroad are better, we are all the same, what about the businessmen in Lebanon aren’t they successfull? With all the conditions they work in, they can do miracles. Going back to Maluf, well no one should be shocked by what this man did, he is politician, he is lebanese and you can imagine the rest.