Gilberto Kassab

Gilberto Kassab (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒiwˈbɛɾtʊ kaˈsab(ɪ)] or [ʒiwˈbɛʁtu kaˈsab(i)]; born 12 August 1960 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian politician, former mayor of São Paulo. His term ended in 2013. A civil engineer and economist, one of the most famous Brazilians of Syrian descent, Kassab took over from José Serra, after Serra decided to run for governor of São Paulo.[1]

Gilberto Kassab
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Minister of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications
In office
12 May 2016 – 1 January 2019
PresidentMichel Temer
Preceded byCelso Pansera
Succeeded byMarcos Pontes
Minister of Cities
In office
1 January 2015 – 15 April 2016
PresidentDilma Rousseff
Preceded byGilberto Occhi
Succeeded byInês Magalhães
60th Mayor of São Paulo
In office
31 March 2006 – 1 January 2013
Preceded byJosé Serra
Succeeded byFernando Haddad
Federal Deputy for São Paulo
In office
1 February 1999 – 1 January 2005
State Deputy of São Paulo
In office
15 March 1995 – 1 February 1999
Councillor of São Paulo
In office
1 January 1993 – 15 March 1995
Personal details
Born (1960-08-12) 12 August 1960 (age 61)
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Political partyPL (1989–1995)
PFL (1995–2007)
DEM (2007–2011)
PSD (2011–present)
Alma materUniversity of São Paulo
University of Brasília
WebsiteOfficial website

He belongs to the Syrian community of São Paulo, and is a member of the Partido Social Democrático (PSD). He is mentioned in 2017 among the beneficiaries of bribes from the multinational JBS.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

  • 1993–1994: Councillor of São Paulo
  • 1995–1999: State Deputy of São Paulo
  • 1999–2004: Federal Deputy (resigned to run as vice mayor of São Paulo alongside José Serra)
  • 2005–2006: Vice Mayor of São Paulo
  • 2006–2013: Mayor of São Paulo (re-elected on 26 Oct 2008 for a four-year term)[1]


The advertising industry criticized the city of São Paulo administration for the Cidade Limpa law, which prohibits all forms of external media and visual pollution such as billboards. Ad companies tried to keep the billboards in the streets with injunctions, but the supreme court determined the law to be constitutional. At any rate, support for the initiative from the public continues to be widespread.

Appearance in The Greatest Movie Ever SoldEdit

Mayor Kassab appeared at length in the Morgan Spurlock 2011 documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold talking about the decision of the City Council to ban advertising in the city.

2022 presidential bidEdit

In July 2021, Kassab announced that he would support Rodrigo Pacheco in the 2022 presidential election.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Gilberto Kassab" (in Portuguese). UOL Notícias. 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  2. ^ "Kassab sees 'ammunition' for impeachment and supports 'Pacheco's profile' for 2022" (in Portuguese). Sao Paulo. Noticias UOL. 4 July 2021. Retrieved 4 July 2021.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hélio Bicudo
Vice Mayor of São Paulo
Title next held by
Alda Marco Antônio
Preceded by
José Serra
Mayor of São Paulo
Succeeded by
Fernando Haddad
Preceded by
Gilberto Occhi
Minister of Cities
Succeeded by
Inês Magalhães
Preceded by
Celso Pandera
as Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations
Minister of Science, Technology, Innovations
and Communications

Succeeded by
Marcos Pontes
Preceded by
André Figueiredo
as Minister of Communications