The tycoon lost his life on his luxury yacht in Ibiza, Spain. He will have fallen from the stairs of the ship, reportedly after a heart attack. The Spanish national police are investigating the case, according to the Diário de Ibiza. The autopsy is decisive for determining the causes of death.
"He was a born fighter and a man of unusual courage and daring. […] Integral, even by legacy and character, breathed earnestness and passion to do things right, "he said of him, in testimony of Expresso & # 39 ;, his lawyer and friend Jorge Bleck.
& # 39; PêQuêPê & # 39 ;, as he was called in the motorsports world, was born in Lisbon on March 5, 1949. He belongs to one of the richest families of the Estado Novo, after April 25 and after the nationalizations that took place when the parents when they left Portugal and settled in Brazil.
After returning to the country, he devoted himself to the governance of family controlled companies, the start of the construction of an industrial empire.
In 2013, the so-called Semapa case, a dispute between the entrepreneur and the Espírito Santo Group and his sister Maude Queiroz, led to the downfall of Ricardo Salgado, following the warnings of the industrialist at Banco de Portugal.
He was currently the majority shareholder of the Semapa group. According to the magazine Exame, Pedro Queiroz Pereira owned a fortune worth 779 million euros (together with his mother), making him the seventh richest in the country.
The family business is now being transferred to its three daughters: Mafalda, Lua and Filipa.
Industrial cement and paper group today with a value of 1.4 billion
Semapa was founded in 1991 by the Queiroz Pereira family and acquired holdings in cement companies three years later – Secil, which still controls, and CMP – becomes one of the largest companies in the country under the leadership of Pedro Queiroz Pereira. The company is now worth more than 1.4 billion euros, one of the most valuable positions in the national market.
The group grew in 2004 with the purchase of paper giant Navigator (formerly Portucel), which today controls 69.4% of the company. In 2008, it acquired the ETSA group in the field of the environment, which is now almost entirely owned by Semapa.
Currently the cluster has more than six thousand people and exports it to dozens of countries. Exports and sales abroad represent 76% of the total of Semapa, which achieved a profit of 124.1 million euros last year.
After turning 65, the age limit for leading positions in the group, Pedro Queiroz Pereira leaves the position of CEO and remains chairman of the board of directors. Last year, the industrial company prepared the succession of the company, creating a closed private fund that was endorsed by the three daughters Filipa, Mafalda and Moon.
The management of Semapa's future was entrusted to managers outside the family because none of the daughters showed any interest in taking over the commands. Today, the Queiroz Pereira family own more than 70% of Semapa.
Marcelo mourns "premature" death
The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, regretted the "premature" death of Pedro Queiroz Pereira.
In a note published on the website of the presidency of the Republic, the head of state expresses his condolences to the family of the owner of Navigator and Cementer Secil.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also complains about "the premature disappearance of this great Portuguese industrialist", it is still being read.
"A man who is alert to the community"
The former banker José Maria Ricciardi reminded Pedro Queiroz Pereira as a "man who created wealth and employment" and "a man who is attentive to our community".
In a letter to Lusa, Ricciardi points out that Queiroz Pereira was "a big fan of fair play" and "a good friend".
A national champion in motorsport
As a fan of speed, Pedro Queiroz Pereira was also an important driver in Portugal. He was National Champion of Speed, Grupo Turismo, in 1987 and 1988.
Previously he had participated in national rallies, after having won his class (Turismo) in Rally de Portugal (2nd of the national riders) in 1980, as well as the Camélias Rally in 1984. He arrived in Formula 2 and became friend of Ayrton Senna, who would become triple World Champion of Formula One.
was the year in which Pedro Queiroz Pereira acquired the majority stake in cement company Secil, in an investment of 400 million euros.
Wins the match
In April 2004, the entrepreneur won the public tender for the privatization of Portucel. However, the company continued in 2016 to be appointed by The Navigator Company.
Father built hotel Ritz
Pedro Queiroz Pereira was the son of businessman Manuel Queiroz Pereira, to whom Salazar delivered the construction of the first luxury hotel in the city of Lisbon, the Ritz.