Igor graduated from the Federal University of Parana in 1970 having done engineering and economics. After graduation, he took a job at an investment bank and rose up to Rio where he worked as an investment banker. Being the best of his class, Mr. Cornelsen was promoted in 1974 to be a board director member of Multibanco and the CEO two years later. When the Bank of America bought Multibanco in 1978, Igor Cornelsen moved to Unibanco, one of Brazil’s forefront investment firm, until 1985 then moved to work at a London Merchant Bank, Libra Bank PLC. Together with his London colleagues, Mr. Cornelsen moved to a Merchant Bank; Standard Chartered. He was Brazil’s representative and board director member for seven years then left in 1995 to form his Investment firm with the same services as those of London Merchant Bank.
Mr. Cornelsen’s investment advising career idea came as a result of his investment banking experience. His typical day is made of watching international news, studying companies and economies, and adapting his fund’s portfolio. Other days he goes for meetings with his colleagues or meets up with friends to know of their views. He brings his ideas to life by investing assets in improving economies and selling those in counties with political or economic problems. Mr. Cornelsen gets excited when he notices a new trend that would lead to market change before anyone else does and this has helped grow his business. He believes he is a productive entrepreneur as a result of the number of times he directly gets information from Reuters News, a web service that reports what’s on-going without bias.
Igor Cornelsen advises young managers to not depend on people’s opinion on markets rather they should read the information for themselves. When it comes to ideologies people may tend to think; differently, Mr. Cornelsen, however, believes there is always somebody thinking like him on a subject although in the past most market participants disagreed with him. He has no favorite quote and prefers filling his mind with facts instead of opinions.