Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira (born June 26, 1942), better known as Gilberto Gil or is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter, known for both his musical innovation and political commitment. From 2003 to 2008, he served as Brazil's Minister of Culture in the administration of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Gil's musical style incorporates an eclectic range of influences, including Rock music, Brazilian genres including samba, African music, and reggae.
Rubens Gonçalves "Rubinho" Barrichello (born 23 May 1972 in São Paulo) is a racing driver from Brazil, best known for competing in Formula One between 1993 and 2011. After losing his seat at the Williams F1 team, Barrichello moved to the IndyCar Series in 2012 with KV Racing Technology. After only one year and being unable to find a ride for the 2013 season, Barichello moved back to Brazil to participate in the Brazilian Stock Car V8 Series.
Hélio Castroneves (born Hélio Castro Neves; May 10, 1975) is a Brazilian auto racing driver currently competing in the North American IndyCar Series. In IndyCar competition, Castroneves has 21 wins and 32 poles, and has never placed lower than sixth in the standings in a complete season of racing till 2011, where he placed eleventh. Prior to IndyCar, Castroneves competed in the CART championship with a highest championship points finish of fourth.
Nelson Ângelo Tamsma Piquet Souto Maior (born July 25, 1985 in Heidelberg, West Germany), also known as Nelson Piquet Junior or Nelsinho Piquet, is a Brazilian stock car racing driver and former Formula 1 driver. He currently drives the No. 30 Qualcomm/Autotrac Chevrolet Camaro for Turner Scott Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Bruno Senna Lalli (born 15 October 1983 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian Formula One racing driver and the nephew of the late three-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna. His mother is Ayrton's older sister, Viviane. His father, Flávio Lalli, died in a motorcycle crash in 1996. He wears a slightly modified version of his uncle's helmet design. Senna made his Formula One début in 2010, driving for Hispania Racing. He moved to Renault in 2011, replacing Nick Heidfeld as a driver from August of that year, and drove for the Williams team in 2012.
Afonso Alves Martins Júnior (born 30 January 1981) is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays for Qatari club Al Gharafa as a striker. He enjoyed the most successful period of his career playing at Heerenveen in the Dutch Eredivisie, where his goal-to-game ratio was higher than a goal a game. This precipitated a club record move to English club Middlesbrough, the transfer completed on the last day of the transfer window in January 2008. Alves has been capped for Brazil on eight occasions.
Mário Jardel de Almeida Ribeiro (born 18 September 1973) is a former Brazilian/Portuguese professional footballer. Jardel was most noted for his positioning on the field and "being at the right place, at the right time". With this exceptional positioning ability, Jardel was able to become one of Europe's most prolific strikers during his time at FC Porto, Galatasaray, and Sporting CP.
Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira (born 13 April 1988), best known as Anderson, is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Manchester United and the Brazil national team. He is a box-to-box midfielder with good vision, adept tackling ability, strong, tireless and hard-working abilities.
Eduardo Reck Miranda, Ph.D, (born 1963), is a Brazilian composer of chamber and electroacoustic pieces but is most notable in the United Kingdom for his scientific research into computer music, particularly in the field of human-machine interfaces where brain waves will replace keyboards and voice commands to permit the disabled to express themselves musically.
Roger Gracie Gomes (born September 26, 1981) is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and mixed martial artist. Roger was awarded his black belt by his cousin Renzo Gracie at the behest of Carlos Gracie, Jr. whilst training in New York in 2003. He is currently a second degree black belt. A member of the Gracie family, he is the son of Reila Gracie (daughter of Carlos Gracie) and Mauricio Motta Gomes. Roger Gracie is the founder and head instructor at The Roger Gracie Academy located in Kensington, London, England.
Lucas Pezzini-Leiva (born 9 January 1987), known as Lucas, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Premier League side Liverpool and the Brazil national team. Lucas is the nephew of former Brazilian footballer Leivinha and also holds an Italian passport thanks to his descent from the country. Lucas is known for his workrate and vision but most of all his ability to break down opposition play with precise and tenacious tackles.