Guido Mantega

Guido Mantega (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɡidu ˈmɐ̃teɡɐ]; born 7 April 1949) is an Italian Brazilian economist,[1] and politician who was Brazil's Finance Minister.[2][3] Mr Mantega served as Brazil's Finance Minister for more than eight years, being the longest-serving Finance Minister in the history of Brazil.

Guido Mantega
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Minister of Finance
In office
27 March 2006 – 1 January 2015
PresidentLuiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Dilma Rousseff
Preceded byAntonio Palocci
Succeeded byJoaquim Levy
Minister of Planning and the Budget
In office
1 January 2003 – 18 November 2004
PresidentLuiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Preceded byGuilherme Gomes Dias
Succeeded byNelson Machado
Personal details
Born (1949-04-07) 7 April 1949 (age 71)
Genoa, Italy
NationalityBrazilian & Italian
Alma materUniversity of São Paulo

Life and careerEdit

Mantega was born in Genoa, Italy. He graduated in Economics from the School of Economics, Business and Accounting of the University of São Paulo, he holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of São Paulo and is a professor of Economics at several leading universities of São Paulo.

He has long been associated with the left wing Workers' Party and was a key member in the successful presidential campaign of the party's founder and leader, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Upon Lula's access to power in 2003, Mantega was appointed Minister of Planning, and later chairman to BNDES (National Bank for Economical and Social Development).

On March 27, 2006 he was named Brazil's Finance Minister, replacing Antonio Palocci, who resigned in the wake of corruption charges. Mr Mantega left office in December 2014, when he was replaced by the Chicago-trained economist Joaquim Levy.

In mid-2013, financial-markets commentator David Marsh wrote:

Developing-nation economic leaders such as Guido Mantega, Brazil’s outspoken finance minister — who two years ago accused the U.S. of launching “currency wars” through QE and a lower dollar, allegedly to steal a growth advantage — have had to change their tune.

Marsh's comments came as the Federal Reserve's Ben Bernanke was beginning to explore the end of QE and one impact was a "withdrawal of liquidity" from markets such as Brazil's.[4]


  • Guido Mantega; Paulo Vanuchi; Aloysio Biondi (1 January 1997). Custo Brasil: mitos e realidade. Editora Vozes. ISBN 978-85-326-1875-7.
  • Guido Mantega; José Márcio Rego (1999). Conversas com economistas brasileiros II. Editora 34. ISBN 978-85-7326-146-2.

Notes and citationsEdit

  1. ^ "Guido Mantega, Minister of Finance".[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Wolf, Martin (2010-09-29). "Currencies clash in new age of beggar-my-neighbour". The Financial Times. Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  3. ^ Wheatley, Jonathan; Peter Garnham (2010-09-27). "Brazil in currency war alert". The Financial Times. Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  4. ^ Marsh, David, "Main impact of QE3 withdrawal will be in Europe", MarketWatch, June 24, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-24.