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Augusto Pinochet

Former President of Chile
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Net worth 2018: $28 Million
Industry: Presidents
Residence: Valparaíso
Country: Chilean
BirthDay: 25 November 1915
Died On: December 10, 2006

Augusto Pinochet was bornon 25 November 1915 in Valparaíso, Chilean, is Former President of Chile. Augusto Pinochet was a military officer in Chile who led the U.S.-backed military coup that overthrew President Salvador Allende’s socialist government. He became the head of the subsequent military government, a role he retained for nearly two decades. While many characterize his government as fascist, others describe the regime as ultra-nationalistic and Pinochet as a despot. His rule was characterized by widespread arrests and torture of liberal dissenters as well as the development of Chile’s free market economy. While his privatization policies did provoke a revival of Chile’s floundering economy, they also are believed to have greatly increased economic inequality. After being voted out of office, he remained commander of the armed forces until he was given the office of senator-for-life. In this capacity he was detained by the British government in response to a Spanish extradition request regarding his torture of Spanish citizens in Chile. This action was a legal landmark as it was the first time universal jurisdiction had been applied to the head of a government. While he was deemed unfit to stand trial, he was beset by allegations of human rights violations, tax evasion, and embezzlement for the rest of his life. He was survived by his wife Lucía and his five children.


$28 Million


The specter of Chile’s past reared its head once more in the 2013 presidential race


In 2007, Lucía and all five Pinochet children were arrested on charges of embezzlement and use of false passports in connection to the ‘Riggs Bank’ case


Augusto Pinochet died on December 10, 2006, from congestive heart failure following a heart attack


In 2005 both his wife Lucía and his son Marco were sued and subsequently for tax evasion relating to Pinochet’s arms dealings


In 1998, he was arrested in London in regards to a Spanish extradition request


In 1988, in response to international pressure, the constitution was amended to allow for a transition to a more democratic government


He was subsequently voted out of office and, per the ‘1980 constitution’s terms’, sworn in as a senator-for-life


In the period 1972–1973, he was named General Chief of Staff of the Army, but after General Prats resigned he was quickly promoted by President Salvador Allende to Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Army


In 1971 he became a division general and was named General Commander


He subsequently rose swiftly through the infantry, and with periodic returns to the ‘Infantry School’ and the ‘War Academy’ he made the rank of major by 1953


He allegedly had an affair in the late 1950s while stationed in Quito, Ecuador, with a woman named Piedad Noe, with whom he fathered a son named Juan


On the 30th of January, 1943, he married Lucía Hiriart Rodríguez, to whom he would stay married throughout his life


Augusto Pinochet was born on November 25, 1915, the son of Augusto Pinochet Vera and Avelina Ugarte Martínez

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