Roberto Santiago is known for being a successful investor and entrepreneur in Brazil. He is mainly known for owning the Manniara Shopping Mall, which is the largest and most modern mall in Brazil. The Maniara Shopping Mall hosts many outlets, which all offer the needs of the customers. Roberto said that as he built the mall, his vision was to offer all products under one roof. He also says that he wanted to ensure that all the customers enjoyed life to the fullest when they visited the mall. He wanted it to be a place out of this world. Consequently, Roberto has built many luxury centers in the mall including modern gyms, sports houses, clubs, stadiums, and state-of-the-art theatres. There are also food boutiques that offer luxury. Other facilities within the outlet are banking facilities, fashion parlors, spas among others.
Before he went into business, Roberto Santiago was an author, who majored in child literature. Most of the parents and teachers bought their kids his books because they were fun to read and yet full of content. As time progressed, Roberto took a different career path as he started script writing and film directing; he equally did well and was recognized in the field. At the same time, Roberto had his blog post on which he wrote weekly articles to his followers. People followed his blog, which was inspirational and very helpful to many. The success of the blogs made Roberto decide to invest. However, he lacked sufficient business knowledge, a factor that made him decide to go to school first. Roberto joined Pio Marxist College, where he took a business course before majoring in business administration at the University Center, which is at Joao Pessoa.
While Roberto was in College, he started the Santa Rosa Café because he lacked the sufficient finances to start a big business. In class, Roberto learned that he had to start small and be willing to grow from there. He saved every coin from the café and started a cartonnage company that produced cartons and other utility products. The profits from the restaurant were very high as Roberto says they made his life turn around. He used the savings from the business to buy the land on which Maniara Shopping Malls lies and built Maniara within two years from the time he bought the land.
Roberto also shows a keen interest in motorsports where he has scooped several awards and trophies for commitment. He also gained recognition for bawling on several occasions. Roberto says that all work without play dulls life; consequently, he believes in playing and having fun in life. In fact, Roberto says he included some fun sections in Maniara Mall to help everyone enjoy life.