When he was eight, he ran away from home and went to live with foster parents. He studied economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
About Joao Varela
Dutch journalist who served as an MP in the House of Representatives for the Pim Fortuyn List from 2002 to 2006. He was the party's number two candidate during the 2002 general election. He became the lead candidate by default after the assassination of the leader Pim Fortuyn days before the election. He was not elected at the 2006 elections and retired from politics.
He was raised in a strict Catholic family. At age six, he moved to the Netherlands with his parents. He has seven siblings.
Friends and colleagues
He and Kay Nambiar are both famous Dutch journalists.
He was a semi-professional tennis player. He was employed as a marketing analyst for L'Oreal. He worked as a columnist for the Financial Telegraaf magazine. He was a celebrity contestant in the first season of the Dutch version of Dancing on Ice.