Dulce Pugliese de Godoy Bueno: Doing Her Share

While husbands dominate the business world, wives have also played significant roles in the success of the business. Take the case of Dulce Pugliese de Godoy Bueno. She is accomplished in her own right.

Dulce was an assistant professor in the pediatrics department at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. There she also served as academic dean of the undergraduate program and founded the Pediatric Rheumatology Service of the Martagão Pediatric Institute.  On top of that Dulce has a PhD in management from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

It was in medical school where she met Amil founder Edson de Godoy Bueno. They later married (and have since divorced) and she helped him build the Brazilian health plan operator. They started by acquiring a few medical clinics.

Amil did an IPO in 2007. U.S. health insurance behemoth United Health Group, wanting to expand into Latin America, paid $4.9 billion from a 90 percent stake in Amil in 2012. UHG bought 60 percent of Amil from Dulce and Edson Bueno and 30 percent from public shareholders. The Buenos were allowed to retain 10 percent of the company.

Dulce who is now a billionaire also has other healthcare-related investments. She did her share in her ex-husband’s business success.

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