Rubens Menin Teixeira de Souza
MRV Engenharia e Participações S.A.
When Rubens Menin was growing up in Brazil, he recognized that for many in his country, home ownership was an unobtainable desire. He relished a challenge and in 1979 founded his own company, MRV Engenharia, to help meet this need.
It is now Latin America’s largest residential real estate developer and Brazil’s leading low-income housing builder, enabling countless Brazilian families to take their first step on the property ladder. It employs more than 24,000 people and has built over 300,000 properties. Currently, 1 in every 200 Brazilians lives in a property built by MRV.
Rubens is passionate about the positive impact civil construction can have on Brazil’s economy. He explains that the construction sector represents 8% of GDP and employs the most people, but he notes that “our business is not only about economic development and income creation, but also social development: families who own their own homes have more dignity and can pursue new dreams.”