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Forbes: Billionaire Scandals of 2012

Thor Batista

In March, Brazilian playboy Thor Batista, son of Eike Batista, the 7th richest person in the world with a $30 billion mining fortune was driving his Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren sports car in a Rio de Janeiro suburb when he hit and killed a cyclist. A 30-year-old laborer, Wanderson Pereira dos Santos, died instantly. In May, a judge decided Thor would stand trial for manslaughter, but the 21-year-old has yet to have his day in court. In September, he was named to the board of his father's EBX Group.
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