Zero Freitas (62) is a wealthy Brazilian businessman driven to get his hands on all the records in the world. Since he was a child, Freitas has been unable to stop buying records – currently his collection includes more than 3 million.
Recently, Freitas hired a dozen college interns to help bring some order to his obsession inside his 25,000-square-foot warehouse in São Paulo. The interns catalogue about 500 records a day. A team of international scouts are employed by Freitas to negotiate his deals; they’re scattered across the globe in New York, Mexico City, South Africa, Nigeria and Cairo.
Currently, Zero Freitas is converting his private collection into a publicly accessible resource, preparing his warehouse for his new venture, which he has dubbed Emporium Musical. Freitas envisions it as a kind of musical library, with listening stations set up among the thousands of shelves, open to the public.