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Bian Family

Listen to Emile Léopold and Tania Bian VO French

Emile Léopold Bian

Emile Léopold Bian was born in Brazil and is the grandson of a highly influential Luxembourgish notary in Luxembourg (Redange-sur-Attert), whose son Léopold joined Louis Ensch at Belgo Mineira in the late 1920s.

Tania Réquia Bian

Tania Bian is the Honorary Consul of Luxembourg in Porto Alegre and Emile Léopold Bian's wife.

The couple is currently living in Porto Alegre.

Léopold Bian

Léopold Bian (1900–1985) was born in Luxembourg and joined Belgo Mineira in 1928 as the company's administrative manager.

Léopold Bian, Emile Léopold Bian's father

Léopold Bian, Emile Léopold Bian's father

Emile Léopold Bian

Emile Léopold Bian

Maria Auxiliadora Murta Bian, Emile Léopold's mother

Maria Auxiliadora Murta Bian, Emile Léopold's mother

Léopold Bian had a passion for Carnival.

Léopold Bian had a passion for Carnival.

Léopold Bian at Cravo Vermelho in Sabará

Léopold Bian at Cravo Vermelho in Sabará

Louis Ensch & Léopold Bian

Louis Ensch & Léopold Bian

The Cravo Vermelho Club in Sabará honours Léopold Bian.

The Cravo Vermelho Club in Sabará honours Léopold Bian.

Emile Demuth (left), Henri Meyers (middle) and Léopold Bian (2nd from the right) at a bar in Belo Horizonte.

Emile Demuth (left), Henri Meyers (middle) and Léopold Bian (2nd from the right) at a bar in Belo Horizonte.

The Colônia Luxemburguesa in front of the Casino in the 1940s.

The Colônia Luxemburguesa in front of the Casino in the 1940s.

In front of Belgo Mineira's director's building in Sabará

In front of Belgo Mineira's director's building in Sabará

Tania and Emile Léopold Bian's residence resembles a museum entirely decorated with medals and silver plates showcasing the Bian’s prestigious family history.

Contrasting with the still ongoing taboo around Ensch's early life, the Bian couple proudly recognizes Louis Ensch as an illegitimate Bian family member.