The path to become a leading financier was an interesting and twisted one for Brazilian Cassio Audi. For a man now mostly associated with investments and start ups, his rise to the top of the Brazilian music scene may come as a surprise. Decades before putting on his suit and tie to enter the world of business, Cassio Audi was a musician and drummer during the heavy metal scene of the late 1980’s. As a teenager, the young Cassio Audi became a drumming legend, helping to form the iconic, metal band, Viper. Alongside his bandmates, Felipe Machad, Pit Passarell, Yves Passarell, and Andre Matos, Audi rose to the top of the Brazilian and global metal scene with a fusion of 1970’s-inspired, British metal and the newer, heavier metal that was sweeping the globe in the early 1980’s.
The group’s first album, Krillera, was a success right out of the gate, but it was their second release, 1988’s Soldiers of Sunrise, that cemented the group’s status as global, metal legends.Amongst Viper’s numerous hits, Cassio Audi helped craft several of their signature songs, including Wings of the Evil, The Law of the Sword, Knights of Destruction, The Whisper, Killers, and Signs of the Night.By the early 1990’s, the heavy metal scene had lost some of its steam, supplanted by grunge groups like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, and Cassio Audi started looking for ways to earmark his rock star earnings.
First he invested in his own education, then he began his rise to the top of the financial world. Audi earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1994 and, eventually, an MBA from the University of Sao Paulo, finally parting ways with his Viper bandmates for good, in 1999.The band he helped form is often credited with bringing heavy metal home and popularizing the genre across the Latin American continent. For that reason, wherever Cassio Audi’s investment career takes him, he will always be a legend in Brazil, and around the world.