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With more than 40 million customers, Junqueira’s eight-year-old Brazilian company now claims to be the largest independent digital bank outside of Asia. It’s also one of the most highly valued private startups: Investors including Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway have invested more than $2.4 billion into Nubank, valuing it at $30 billion, and are planning a U.S. initial public offering. Junqueira cofounded Nubank with the mission of providing affordable financial services to Latin American customers, starting in Brazil. In the past year, as the company has expanded its presence in Mexico, entered Colombia, and introduced new investing and insurance products, Junqueira has also taken over responsibility for its Brazilian operations and employees.


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