For fifteen years the author Alexander Busch, born in 1963, has been working as a correspondent for South America. He grew up in Venezuela and later attended secondary school in Frankenthal, Pfalz. Then schooling as a journalist and studies of national economy and political science in Cologne.
In 1992 he started to report from South America as a correspondent for WirtschaftsWoche and two years later for Handelsblatt as well. Since 1998 he also writes for the Swiss magazine Finanz und Wirtschaft. He lives in São Paulo and Salvador, Bahia. He is married to a journalist and has three children.