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José Nicolau Hein

José Nicolau Hein is the only son of Joseph Hein, Belgo Mineira's general director from 1956 to 1973. He lives in Belo Horizonte with his Brazilian wife.

Paulo Speller

Paulo Speller was born and raised in João Monlevade as the eldest son of the Luxembourgish engineer Guillaume Prosper Speller. Today, he is a university professor living in Belo Horizonte.

Marc André Meyers

Marc André Meyers was born in Brazil as the eldest son of a Luxembourgish engineer. He is the author of "A Dama e o Luxemburguês" and university professor in San Diego.

Joseph Hein

Joseph Hein (1902-1983) was born in 1902 in Belvaux and moved to Brazil in 1934. Hein was Belgo Mineira's general director from 1956 to 1974. He died tragically in 1983 while being attacked by bees in his fazenda.

Castelo Branco

Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco (1897-1967) was the first president of Brazil's Military Dictatorship from 1964 to 1967. Castelo Branco died of a plane accident. The reason of his death has been repeatedly questioned.

Henri Meyers

Henri Meyers (1912-19xx) was a Luxembourgish engineer who arrived in João Monlevade in 1939 to work at Belgo Mineira.

João Goulart

João Goulart (1918-1976), also known as "Jango", was the president of Brazil from 1961 until 1. April 1964, when a military coup deposed on him marked the beginning of Brazil's Military Dictatorship. Consequently, João Goulart lived in exile and the reason of his death, supposedly a heart attack, has been repeatedly questioned.


Brasilia was founded in 1960 by the mineiro president Juscelino Kubitschek to become the new Brazilian capital. The planned city located in the central-western Brazilian highlands and was conceived by the Brazilian architects Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer.

Belgo Mineira's Drawing Mill in Contagem

Belgo Mineira's Trefilaria was inaugurated in 1958 in Contagem, Belo Horizonte.