Explorer CEO Rodrigo Guimarães dies

Rodrigo Guimarães was 58 years old and was the CEO of Explorer, a private equity fund manager and of the Discovery Fund, which integrated tourism assets that came off the banks' balance sheets. He made a career in the capital markets and was one of the founders of the broker Midas.

Explorer Investments CEO Rodrigo Guimarães died this Saturday night following post-operative complications. He was 58 years old and had undergone surgery for an abdominal aneurysm after a gallbladder operation. Rodrigo Guimarães did not resist the harmful effects of surgery in the postoperative period, Jornal Económico knows.

Explorer Investments is the leading independent fund management company private equity in Portugal and has five partners and a vast team of employees.

Explorer manages and advises funds with assets in excess of 1.300 million euros divided into three business areas: Private Equity, Real Estate and Tourism.

Among these funds is Discovery, which is a restructuring fund that integrated problematic tourism sector assets from several banks.

Explorer Investments' CEO had a degree in economics from York University (Canada) and an MBA from George Washington University.

The businessman and financier started a career in the capital market in London at the prestigious Smith New Court, later joining the Executive Committee of Carnegie International.

In 1989, with the liberalization of the Portuguese capital market, he decided to return to Portugal, betting on the development of the then fledgling Bolsa Portuguesa and, in 1990, founded Midas Investimentos, which became the largest independent Portuguese financial brokerage company.

Rodrigo Guimarães was a Golden Boy in the markets in the era of yuppies.

In 2003, after the sale and integration of this brokerage financial company in BBVA (1999/2001), he decided to invest in the development of Private Equity, founding the manager Explorer Investments, - Venture Capital Society, where he launched the first managed Private Equity Fund for that society.

Explorer will assume the presidency of the founding partner Elizabeth Rothfield, who will have Rodrigo Carvalho Martins Guimarães at her side, who, like her father and grandfather, also embraced a career in entrepreneurship and finance.

Rodrigo Guimarães was married for the second time and has three children.

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