BRAZIL: The Bumblebee

After World War II, Blacksmith Henrique Pedro de Sanson expanded his Rio shop to make boiler tanks. In 1950 he went into oil-storage tanks, in 1956 into specialized truck bodies—dump trucks, asphalt spreaders, tank trailers. "Business has increased 300% to 400% every year since I started," says Millionaire Sanson. Along with 39,892 other businesses (quadrupled since 1946), San-son's enterprise is riding a boom that has kited Brazil's gross national product up 63% in the past ten years, has boosted the per capita G.N.P. 29%—allowing for a population explosion from 48,348,000 to...

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