Igor Cornelsen is a native of Curitiba, Brazil that was born on October 4, 1947. In 1965, at the age of 18, Cornelsen was accepted to the Federal University of Parana School of Engineering. This was an expressive feat as the engineering school was the only one of its kind in the states of Santa Catarina and Parana which caused the admissions process to become quite competitive. After spending two years at the Federal University, Cornelsen decided to change directions and study economics at the same university.
Igor Cornelsen graduated in 1970 and went on to work as an investment banker. This was a common practice for individuals with engineering backgrounds at the time due to the unique ability many of these individuals have to make calculations. This ability was extremely useful in the industry at a time when computers and calculators were not used as much as they are today.
Cornelsen was able to quickly make a name for in the business due to his stellar performance and earned a special opportunity to work in Rio. Cornelsen would prove to be the star of his class and would go on to be promoted in 1974 to the Multibanco’s board of directors. Two years later Cornelsen would become the company’s chief executive officer.
Multibanco was purchased by Bank of America in 1978 and Cornelsen would go on to pursue opportunities elsewhere. The first opportunity Cornelsen opted for after his time with Multibanco was a position with Unibanco which was a top investment firm in the country of Brazil. Cornelsen would remain with Unibanco until 1985 when he moved onto Libra Bank PLC which was under the London Merchant Bank umbrella.
This was a major development in Cornelsen’s life as it would be the first time that the salary he earned would be paid to him in U.S. dollars. The next step in the career of Mr. Cornelsen was as a member of the board of directors at Standard Chartered Merchant Bank.
In 1995, Igor Cornelsen became the founder of his own investment firm to provide services that he had previously provided while working for London Merchant Banks. Cornelsen presently takes part in the day to day operations of the investment firm he created.