Batista controls EBX, an empire of interlinking commodity startups. The single most valuable company is publicly traded OGX, which started
producing oil in January 2012. Among his closely held ventures are Colombian gold explorer AUX, Rio de Janeiro real-estate developer REX and technology and sports-management firms.
The Burger King hamburger chain made a dramatic decision in August. It dethroned the King -- the mascot who had danced through its advertising in various guises for more than 50 years. The marketing move was made by the struggling company’s new management, appointed after it was taken private in 2010 by 3G Capital Inc., a New York-based investment firm with roots in Brazil.
Eike Batista, ranked as the world’s eighth-richest person last year, ceased to be a billionaire after Mubadala Development Co. converted an investment in his companies into debt, further eroding the value of his assets.