Emil Pacheco Pinheiro
(1923 — Rio de Janeiro
, July 16
) was an illegal lottery operator in the very popular Jogo do Bicho
(the “animal game”) and the president of Botafogo
A war veteran he acquired his first Jogo do Bicho bank in Barra da Tijuca
in 1959 and subsequently became one of the major bicheiros of Rio de Janeiro
with Castor de Andrade
, Carlinhos Maracanã
, Raul Capitão
and others. He also controlled the game in Jacarepaguá
Pinheiro was found guilty by judge Denise Frossard in 1993 of involvement in the Jogo do Bicho, along with 13 other bicho bankers such as Castor de Andrade, Luizinho Drummond, Capitão Guimarães and Anísio Abraão David. They were found responsible for at least 53 deaths. They were sentenced to six years each, the maximum sentence for racketeering. But in December 1996 they were all back on the streets, granted parole or clemency.
In 1988 he became the patron of the Botafogo
soccer club. The following two years, in 1989 and 1990, Botafogo won the Rio de Janeiro Championship
after 21 years without titles, thanks to investments of Pinheiro. He became president of the club in 1991 but left after Botafogo lost the Brazilian Championship
in 1992 among rumours of bribes.
Pinheiro died on July 16, 2001. He suffered from Parkinson disease and could not move anymore..