Prince Alberto of Brazil

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Prince Alberto Maria of Brazil (born 23 June 1957), nicknamed "the Prince of Mergers" (Portuguese: O Príncipe das Fusões), is a Brazilian lawyer and teacher, member of the Brazilian imperial family, son of Pedro Henrique, Prince of Brazil and Princess Maria Elisabeth of Bavaria.[1]

Born Prince of Brazil and Prince of Orléans-Braganza, he renounced his rights for himself and his future offspring on December 23, 1982. He is better known in professional circles as Alberto Braganza, or Prince Alberto, or even Prince Dom Alberto. This nickname is given by Dom Alberto being one of the largest mergers and acquisitions lawyers in the country, having among his clients the bank Bradesco and the Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helú.[2]

Birth and childhood[edit]

Born a descendant of the Brazilian imperial family and Prince of Orléans and Bragança, Alberto renounced his rights to the extinct Brazilian imperial throne, for himself and for his future descendants, on December 23, 1982m Therefore, D. Alberto continues to be prince of Orléans and Bragança, but not prince of the extinct Brazilian throne abolished in 1889.[3]

He is the tenth child and eighth son of Prince Dom Pedro Henrique of Orléans and Bragança, former Head of the Imperial House of Brazil, and Princess Maria Isabel of Bavaria. His mother was born a Princess of Bavaria, she being the granddaughter of Louis III (1913-1918), the last King of Bavaria. D. Alberto is the brother of the current head of the Imperial House of Brazil, the Brazilian Emperor Dom Luís de Orléans e Bragança.[4]


The prince is the grandson of Prince Dom Luís Maria Filipe of Orléans and Bragança, descendant of the imperial family of Brazil and Prince of Orléans and Bragança, and Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Duas Sicilies, princess of the Two Sicilies, great-grandson of Princess Dona Isabel of Brazil, de facto last Imperial Princess of Brazil, and Prince Gaston, Count d'Eu and imperial prince consort of Brazil, and great-grandson of Dom Pedro II of Brazil, de facto last Emperor of Brazil, and of Princess Teresa Cristina of the Two Sicilies, the last Empress of Brazil, in fact, who was born a princess of the Two Sicilies.[5]


Graduated in Law from the traditional National Faculty of Law of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro -UFRJ, in 1980. Norton Rose law firm, London, England, United Kingdom. He is a member of the Brazilian and Portuguese Bar Associations; lawyer at a law firm in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Veirano Advogados, and is a foreign associate in the legal department of the International Maritime Organization, an agency of the United Nations. He is also a professor of Commercial Law at the Faculty of Law of the Cândino Mendes University.[6]

Having the Grand Cross of the Imperial Orders of Pedro I and the Rose.


Speaks Portuguese and English fluently, with an advanced level in Spanish and French.[7]

Marriage and children[edit]

In Rio de Janeiro, on January 11, 1983, he married Maritza Ribas Bokel, a landscaper born in Rio on April 29, 1961, daughter of Jaddo Barbosa Bokel and Maritza Bulcão Ribas. His wife also has a degree in architecture and visual arts.[8]

The union resulted in four children:

  • Prince Pedro Alberto of Orléans-Braganza (born 31 May 1988)
  • Princess Maria Beatrix of Orléans-Braganza (born 27 July 1990)
  • Princess Ana Thereza of Orléans-Braganza (born 24 April 1995)
  • Prince Antonio Alberta of Orléans-Braganza (born 28 May 1997)

He lives with his family in Rio de Janeiro.

Titles, styles and honors[edit]

The titles carried by members of the House of Orléans-Braganza are considered courtesy titles without legal existence in Brazil and granted by the pretender to the throne;

  • 23 June 1957 - 23 December 1982: His Imperial Highness Prince Alberto Maria of Brazil, Prince of Orléans-Braganza
  • 23 December 1982 -present : His Imperial Highness Prince Alberto Maria of Prince of Orleans-Braganza, Prince of Brazil

House: Orleans-Braganza

Religion: Catholic