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Vale's former iron man sets sights on Africa

At the helm of Brazil's Vale for a decade, Roger Agnelli turned the conservative iron ore producer into a global heavyweight. Now, he is back in the game.The 53-year-old, ousted from Vale two years ago, is betting on the world's hunger for resources, Africa's potential and his team's ability to operate where others fear to tread."You have a lot of financial guys looking to invest, looking for opportunities," said the former banker, sitting back in the library of a smart central London hotel. "But guys who go into the middle of the forest, into the middle of the desert to implement a project, those are still scarce."Agnelli set up AGN Participacoes, a holding company, shortly after leaving Vale, to invest in biofuel. Last July, he teamed up with billionaire Andre Esteves' investment bank BTG Pactual to set up B&A Mineracao, a mining group focused on fertilizer, iron ore and copper, in Latin America and Africa.That $520 million venture - one of a handful of investment ventures set up by ...

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  1. Brazil Says No Risk of Power Rationing; Industry Members Urge Caution

    Brazil's government on Wednesday again brushed off the possibility of electricity rationing this year, and assured consumers there will be cuts in power prices. But ...

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    Brazil's non-oil-producing states fight to overturn presidential veto and broadly distribute oil royalties-Brazil's administration struggles to avoid rebellion among...

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    The city of Rio de Janeiro ground to a halt Monday afternoon as thousands of protesters marched through downtown demanding President Dilma Rousseff veto legislation ...

  5. Brazil Fights Over Oil Royalties as New Output Stays on Hold

    Brazil President Dilma Rousseff is wrestling over whether to approve controversial legislation that distributes royalties from oil production, a politically charged ...

  6. Analysis: Brazil's Vale's challenges go beyond iron ore

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