The story

Assis Chateaubriand

Paraíba journalist and politician (1892-1968). Owner of the first major network of communication companies in the country, one of the most influential personalities of the country in the 40's and 50's.

Francisco de Assis Chateaubriand Flag of Melo (5/10 / 1892-4 / 4/1968) born in Umbuzeiro and graduated in law in Recife (PE). Still a student, he works in several newspapers, among them the Diário de Pernambuco, which he would later buy. He began to build his journalistic empire from the late 1920s onwards. He has brought together more than 100 newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations under his command. In the 40's and 50's, he is one of the most influential men in the country, feared by the journalistic campaigns he organizes, such as the contrary to the creation of Petrobras. Pioneer in the transmission of the television signal in the country, he created TVTupi in 1950. During the Estado Novo, he obtained from Getúlio Vargas the promulgation of a decree that entitles him to custody of his daughter, after the separation of his wife. At the time, he is known to use the phrase, "If the law is against me, let's change the law." He is the creator of the São Paulo Museum of Art (Masp) in 1947. In 1952 he is elected senator for Paraíba and, in 1955, for Maranhão. He works until the end of his life, even after the thrombosis that leaves him quadriplegic, in 1960. He dies in São Paulo.