Born in 1947, Igor Cornelsen grew up in the Brazilian city of Curitiba. He joined the Federal University of Parana at the age of 18 to study engineering, which at the time was a coveted course offered in the only engineering school in the States of Parana and Santa Catarina. He developed a passion for economics two years into the engineering course, which forced him to change his course to economics. He began his career in an investment bank after his graduation in 1970. Calculators and computers were not widely used at the time, and Igor became a valuable asset to his employer. Igor made many achievements in his school and career life such as being the best student in his class, promotion to the board of directors at Multibanco in 1974, and Chief Executive Officer in 1976. Later on, he moved to Unibanco, a leading investment bank in Brazil, where he worked up to 1985 after which he moved to Libra Bank.
Libra Bank was a London Merchant Bank which opened a range of growth opportunities for Igor Cornelsen. He later joined the Standard Chartered Merchant Bank as an Investment banker and a representative. After successfully working as a member of the board of directors for seven years, he left to launch his investment firm in 1995. Presently, Igor Cornelsen works as an investment manager in his firm, providing the same services he did while he was working for the London merchant banks. The idea behind his business came from his vast experience in the investment sector. Igor has a keen interest in international news and studying various economies and companies. Igor develops his investment ideas through following countries whose investment assets are appreciating in value and selling the assets that deteriorate in value as a result of economic decisions or political problems.