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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - When Ilson Mateus was 21, he unsuccessfully tried to become rich as a prospector in Serra Pelada, in the southeast of Pará state. Now, at the age of 57, he has built one of the largest fortunes in Brazil in one of the poorest regions of the country.

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