Edson Bueno, founder of Amil and one of the names on the Forbes list dies at 73

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08:00:PM - 15/Feb/2017
Edson Bueno, founder of Amil and one of the names on the Forbes list dies at 73

15/02/2017 | 8PM

The body of the doctor and businessman Edson de Godoy Bueno was buried today (15) at the São João Batista Cemetery in Rio de Janeiro.

Founder of AMIL, Edson Bueno died during the morning of Tuesday, February 14, in Armação dos Búzios, Rio de Janeiro, after suffering a heart attack while playing tennis at home in Baía Formosa. He was 73 years old.

Entrepreneur Edson Bueno held the position of Chairman of the UnitedHealth Group for Latin America and was a member of its Board since 2012, when he joined the organization. According to the Forbes magazine website, Edson de Godoy Bueno had a fortune of US$ 3.1 billion and was the 18th richest person in Brazil, and the 959th richest person in the world.


Edson de Godoy Bueno was born in Guarantã (SP). When he was still a child, he used to sell fruits from door to door. Inspired by Dr. Moacyr Carneiro, then Guarantã's only doctor, he chose medicine as a profession and moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he attended the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

Before graduating, he obtained a job at the São José Health House in Duque de Caxias (RJ), from which he became a partner. In 1971, before graduating as a surgeon, Edson had already become the owner of the hospital. In 1976, along with a group of young doctors, he created a network to administer three hospitals.

In 1978, Edson and his colleagues founded Amil International Medical Care. The company was sold to UnitedHealth Group in 2012, and Edson Bueno became the company's main individual shareholder and member of its Board of Directors.

Currently, Edson Bueno, in addition to serving as Chairman of the UnitedHealth Group for Latin America, was vice president of the National Federation of Supplementary Health (FenaSaúde) and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Supplementary Health Studies (IESS), in which he worked to improve the Brazilian health system.