José María Figueres

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José María Figueres
Figueres in 2012
42nd President of Costa Rica
In office
8 May 1994 – 8 May 1998
Vice PresidentRodrigo Oreamuno Blanco
Rebeca Grynspan
Preceded byRafael Ángel Calderón Fournier
Succeeded byMiguel Ángel Rodríguez
Director of the World Economic Forum
In office
Minister of Agriculture
In office
PresidentÓscar Arias Sánchez
Preceded byAntonio Álvarez Desanti
Succeeded byJuan Rafael Lizano Sáenz
Minister of Foreign Trade
In office
PresidentÓscar Arias Sánchez
Preceded byNone
Succeeded byLuis Diego Escalante Vargas
Personal details
Born (1954-12-24) 24 December 1954 (age 69)
San José, Costa Rica
NationalityCosta Rican
Political partyPLN
Spouse(s)Cinthya Geovanna Berrocal Quirós
Alma materUnited States Military Academy
Harvard University
ProfessionBusinessman and politician

José María Figueres Olsen (born 24 December 1954) is a Costa Rican businessman and politician. He was President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998. He also ran for president in the 2022 but lost to Rodrigo Chaves Robles.[1]

José María Figueres is the son of José Figueres Ferrer, who was a three-time President of Costa Rica. His mother, Karen Olsen Beck, an American social worker born to Danish immigrant parents, later adopted Costa Rican nationality.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Rodrigo Chaves Pronounced Winner of the 2022 Elections in Costa Rica". EntornoInteligente (in Spanish). 2022-04-04. Retrieved 2022-04-04.
  2. "American Girl and Costa Rican President Wed". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 1954-02-08.