Who was João Paulo Diniz, a millionaire and athlete who died at the age of 58

João Paulo Diniz died at the age of 58, after struggling a huge coronary heart assault on Sunday (7/31). He was one of six youngsters of the billionaire Abilio Diniz, thought-about one of the strongest males in Brazil. As an investor in sectors from gyms to eating places, João Paulo shared his ardour for the sport and tried to encourage folks to apply bodily exercise.

When he began feeling sick in the afternoon, João Paulo was in Paraty, a metropolis in Rio de Janeiro the place he had a home in a condominium in Praia das Laranjeiras. The millionaire left his spouse, Ana Garcia – with whom he was married since 2011 – and 4 youngsters, two from his first relationship, Abilio and Rafael; and two along with his present accomplice, Eduardo and Joana.

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Joao Paulo Diniz and Ana Garcia

João Paulo’s physique was taken to São Paulo on Monday morning (8/1). The wake will happen round 1pm, in the space of ​​Avenida Paulista, central São Paulo. The funeral is scheduled for five p.m. Both live shows shall be restricted to family and pals.


Wherever he traveled, João Paulo requested him to point out how a lot he beloved sports activities; no marvel he wrote in the bio of his Instagram profile: “Entrepreneur and keen about sports activities”. A triathlete of soul, physique and coronary heart, he began practising the exercise in 1986, and has participated in additional than two dozen marathons since 1990. In posts on the social community, the investor would publish clicks snowboarding, browsing or on a skateboard.

Cycling was one of the issues that the businessman loved.

“Anyone who is aware of me is aware of that I like to skate,” he mentioned in a submit. In the Instagram profile image, the businessman is standing subsequent to a bicycle, one other curiosity. “Today is National Cyclist Day, and this celebration represents not solely my ardour for this sport, however the significance of making it seen. […] And that’s the reason we, as practitioners and passionate, should struggle to attain higher public insurance policies”, he wrote in a publication.

“Sports have all the time been half of my routine, whether or not it is triathlon, biking or different strategies”, started a publication textual content about encouraging folks to train.

“In love with sport”, João Paulo wrote in his Instagram bio

Before his demise, João Paulo “felt the distinctive adrenaline of racing”. On Saturday (7/30), he and his good friend Juraci Moreira completed a triathlon competitors at Saco de Mamanguá, in Paraty. On Instagram, the athlete paid tribute to his nice sports activities accomplice: “Being subsequent to him in his final competitors, with tons of of them enjoying, being subsequent to his household, his spouse, his youngsters, pals, in these final occasions. It shall be one thing I’ll always remember.”

“It was an honor to swim and paddle alongside my good friend for the final time. And even you now there in heaven, we shall be collectively perpetually. Don’t go away me alone, okay? Friend, half brother and half father”, concluded Juraci in the textual content as a tribute to João Paulo.

Friends of João Paulo Diniz and Juraci Moreira. They took half in a triathlon race on Saturday (30/7)

Athletes, akin to bicycle owner Lauro Chaman, paid tribute to João Paulo on social media. “Rest in peace, brother. My condolences to the complete household,” he wrote in the caption.

João Paulo Diniz with bicycle owner Lauro Chaman

In the early 2000s, João Paulo was on the record of one of the most eligible bachelors in Brazil. Before sealing the marriage union with Ana Garcia, and beforehand with Paula Mott – with whom he was married for 5 years -, the businessman dated a number of fashions, together with Gisele Bundchen, Daniella Cicarelli and Luana Piovani .

When the investor had a temporary romance with Gisele in the summer season of 2000, photographers captured the couple in Paraty. João Paulo didn’t like the present and revealed that he was a “shy particular person”. Another magnificence he met was Fernanda Vogel. However, each appeared in an accident, which led to the demise of the magnificence in 2001.

João Paulo and Fernanda had a helicopter accident. The businessman and co-pilot of the aircraft, Luiz Roberto de Araújo Cintra, managed to outlive the fall after swimming greater than two kilometers to Maresias seashore, in São Paulo. The mannequin and pilot, Ronaldo Jorge Ribeiro, died.

The investor survived a helicopter crash in 2001
An expert function

Before turning into a businessman, João Paulo graduated in enterprise administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, in São Paulo. His first internship was as a trainee at the Pão de Açúcar group, a firm based by his paternal grandfather, Valentim dos Santos Diniz, and remodeled into an empire by his father, Abílio. The younger man labored in the design subject.

After studying to run the enterprise whereas working at Pão de Acúcar, he determined to launch his personal initiatives. He ran an funding firm centered on know-how, mobility, gyms and eating places.

Abilio Diniz along with his son João Paulo Diniz

Among the initiatives created by João Paulo Diniz was Pacto Pelo Esporte. He was the president of the initiative devoted to serving to firms and organizations undertake skilled administration with a give attention to sports activities. The entity revealed a observe of condolence to the nice “sport lover”.

“A good friend, businessman, sports activities lover and one of the creators of the settlement, João Paulo was one of the founders of the LiveWright motion and labored onerous to vary the Pelé Law and move the sports activities promotion legislation. João was half of the Athletes’ Strategic (*58*) for Brazil for seven years and, just lately, he took an energetic half in the merger of the Sports Agreement with SIGA, in the creation of SIGA Latin America”, they wrote in the advocate

Pacto Pelo Esporte concluded the textual content with: “Without a doubt, João Paulo Diniz was one of the most passionate supporters and buyers in Brazilian sports activities. To household and pals our deepest sympathy. João Paulo, sports activities hero. No fatigue. Take the love all of us have with you.”

João Paulo Diniz died Sunday (31/7)

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