Paulo Coelho ~ Born August 24, 1947 (age 68) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He is the recipient of numerous international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. The Alchemist, his most famous novel, has been translated into 80 languages. The author has sold 210 million copies worldwide (as for June 2015) and is the all-time bestselling Portuguese language author ( Lista de livros mais vendidos) .