TIME Influential: Eike Batista

Eike Batista

Known as one of Brazil's richest men, Batista is greatly responsible for the country's impressive economic growth in the last couple of years. The oil tycoon strongly pushed for the 2016 Olympics to be held in the capital Rio de Janeiro. The 55-year-old also gives back children’s hospitals and non-profit organizations that provide sports activities in the lower-income favelas. According to Time, Batista is helping Brazil “shape their renaissance.”

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for Latina.com. She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.