Just a few weeks ago, voters from the countryside of Bahia commented that they would vote for “Andrade,” or “the young man from São Paulo, Lula’s guy.” “Andrade” is, of course, Fernando Haddad, the former mayor of São Paulo who replaced Lula in the presidential race and faces off against far-right Jair Bolsonaro for the Brazilian presidency.
Fernando Haddad was born in São Paulo, on January 25, 1963. His father was a merchant and his mother, a teacher and housewife. In 1981, he entered Law School at the University of São Paulo (USP), working as a salesman in his father’s fabric store after lectures. Once graduated, Haddad worked as an investment analyst and a consultant. He became a professor of political theory at his alma mater after receiving a master’s degree in political economy and a doctorate in philosophy.