Roberto Santiago is a serial entrepreneur hailing from Brazil’s northern coastal town of Paraíba. In Paraíba, Roberto is a living legend credited with building the first-ever world-class shopping mall; the Manaira Shopping complex. The high-end mall completed was completed in 1989, but its ripple effects on the social and economic dispensations of the local communities are still being felt in 2017.
Thousands of Brazilian consumers throng the doors of the Manaira Shopping mall every year. The masses are drawn in by the impressive amenities found in the various floors of this popular shopping hub. The mall stands on 75,000 square meters of property and, it has an estimated 300 stores.
At Manaira, there’s something fun and exciting for everyone in the family. For the young and young at heart, there’s an out-of-this-world gaming space equipped with over 200 gaming machines. There are 3D rooms you can lease out to either play video games or watch movies on HD screens.
The Manaira Shopping mall often holds cultural fetes and other artistic performances on their one-of-a-kind theater called the Domus Hall Concert. The breathtaking dome comfortably holds over 4,000 sitting revelers and, the arena accommodates up to 10K people without the seats.
The dome is popular with graduation parties, wedding receptions, presentations, full-concerts and other private events.
In 2013, Santiago expanded his million-dollar empire by finishing work on the Mangeira mall. The new mall is defined as a shopper’s dream come true, by the locals and the tourists who frequent it. The mall is an excellent destination if one is looking to do some quality shopping, stay entertained and well-fed, at the same time. The mega mall is home to practically all the world’s leading electronics, fashion, and home products. The leading eateries at the mall include Capital Steakhouse, Espaco Gourmet, and Wayne’s restaurants.
The security at both malls is superb. There’s an ample parking lot with real-time guards on site. The surveillance cameras covering almost every inch of the Manaira mall are a powerful deterrent to petty criminals.
Asides, making million-dollar deals, Santiago has a penchant for sports car racing. Roberto Santiago is a previous winner of the Brazilian kart championship om the 250cc category. Additionally, the seasoned investor has scooped up numerous motocross racing championship’s awards over the years.
Soon after graduating from the local university, Santiago opted to venture into self-employment by setting up a cartonnage company in his town. Soon, he was the sole supplier of cartons for various packaging purposes in his city. His career path would eventually lead him to become a real estate investor in João Pessoa. Roberto would later use the experiences and the networks gained working in the property market to build his eye-catching shopping malls.