How Did Roberto Santiago Develop the Manaira Shopping Mall?

When you visit a place like Manaira Shopping Mall in downtown Joao Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil, it’s easy to take having so many dining, shopping and entertainment options for granted. Indeed, most of the residents of this capital city of more than 800,000 know little or nothing about how the mall was developed. Those who are aware know the name of the man behind it: Roberto Santiago. When he was barely 30 years old, Santiago developed and constructed the mall that would eventually become the place to be in Joao Pessoa. In the years since, he’s worked tirelessly to improve upon it more and more.

 

When he was a young man, Roberto Santiago clearly had a knack for writing. He also happened to love it, so it came as no surprise that as the internet grew, Santiago started his own blog. He has maintained it for many years now and continues to add new entries to this day. Of course, Roberto Santiago isn’t known for being a blogger, really. He still loves writing, but he learned during college that he was more interested in making a name for himself as an entrepreneur. Besides, as a businessman, he’d have the opportunity to bring positive changes to the city that he loved so much.

 

Roberto Santiago knew that he’d need a strong educational background to succeed in the cutthroat world of business. He started by earning a bachelor’s degree from Pio X Marist College. From there, he attended University Center of Joao Pessoa, or UNIPE, where he earned a degree in business administration. Shortly thereafter, he took a job at Cafe Santa Rosa, which afforded him the opportunity to start saving as much of his earnings as he could. That became truer still when he invested in a cardboard box manufacturing firm and did very well with it.

 

Ultimately, Roberto Santiago purchased a large plot of prime commercial real estate directly in the heart of downtown Joao Pessoa. Ground broke on the Manaira Shopping Mall in 1987, and it opened its doors in 1989. Roberto Santiago was only 30 years old, but he had already made a name for himself. The mall would evolve into a prime dining, shopping and entertainment destination, with nearly 300 shops and restaurants, an 11-screen movie theater, a fitness center, a vast video game arcade, a food court and a rooftop concert hall that can accommodate up to 10,000 people. Roberto Santiago isn’t even 60 yet, so you can expect to see more from him in the future.

 

How George Soros is Changing America for the Better

Over the past year or so we have seen the political scene in the United States change in a dramatic and impossible to ignore fashion. The rise of Donald Trump and his vitriolic form of nationalism has brought to the forefront the need for unity, progress, and social justice. George Soros, a noted philanthropist and progressive, is back in the swing of things as he has re-emerged onto the political scene. After vowing to sit on the sidelines of mainstream politics, George Soros came back when realizing that he couldn’t sit idly by while Donald Trump pushed his agenda.

The return of George Soros to mainstream American politics is as shocking as it is welcome. George Soros is a Hungarian born, New York resident who made his fortune with the Soros Hedge Fund. Soros came from Nazi occupied Hungary before immigrating to London to study economics. Soros eventually sailed to America and found his fortune and his own slice of the American Dream. Soros never rested on his laurels, however, and he was soon ready to help as many people as possible — which led him to the Open Society Foundations. Soros has used his charity in order to make a change in progressive politics up and down the ticket. Learn more about his profile at businessinsider.com

In the 2016 election cycle we saw George Soros donate nearly $25 million to both Hillary Clinton and the rest of the Democratic campaign for election. Now, Soros is staying in the limelight. Though Hillary lost against now-President Trump, Soros refuses to sit by and let Trump lay waste to the American Dream that served to do so much for Soros and his family. We can look at how George Soros has an impact on American politics by going back to a particularly notable moment in time: the Ferguson Protests. Know more about George Soros on CNBC.

When Officer Wilson shot Michael Brown and killed him it was like a firecracker going off over America. Grassroots activists from around the continent erupted into protests over the potentially racially motivated shooting. These activists were funded, in large part, by George Soros. George Soros and his spokesperson at the Open Society Foundations firmly believe in a ‘participatory Democracy’. Kenneth Zimmerman, director and speaker at the Open Society Foundation, spoke simply by saying, “Our DNA includes a belief that having people participate in government is indispensable to living in a more just, inclusive, democratic society.” These words and this message is what drive George Soros to always push for progressive politics and grassroots participation.

George Soros has done far more for progress than just work within the American political system. He has worked hand in hand with groups all over the globe in order to bring education, social justice, and equality to the forefront of the public’s mind.

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