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Juan Manuel Santos

President of Colombia
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Net worth 2018: $215 Million
Residence: Bogotá
Country: Colombian
BirthDay: 10 August 1951
Sigh: Virgo
Height: 1.72 m
Education: 1973 - University of Kansas, 1975 - London School of Economics and Political Science, 1981 - John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Business School, Tufts University

Juan Manuel Santos was bornon 10 August 1951 in Bogotá, Colombian, is President of Colombia. Juan Manuel Santos is the current and 32nd President of Colombia. He was born to the rich and influential Santos family who had been the majority shareholders of the ‘El Tiempo’ newspaper from 1913 to 2007. He began his career in journalism at ‘El Tiempo’, but he always had an interest in politics. He embarked on a political career in the 1970's when he represented ‘National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia’ in London. He has also been extensively educated and received degrees from the University of Kansas, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Harvard University. He also earned a couple fellowships. He returned to Colombia in 1981 and began working at the family newspaper. Ten years later, he was appointed to his first major political post, when he became Colombia's Minister of Foreign Trade. Somewhere around this time, he became interested in the ‘Third Way’, a political centrism that combines conservative free-market capitalism with liberal social policies. He served a number of different Presidents in different capacities until he was elected President himself in 2010. During much of his career, he has sought to stamp out terrorism, especially FARC, and bring prosperity to Columbia by promoting economic growth.


$215 Million


In August 2012, announced that the Colombian government had begun talks with FARC


In June, 2010, he was elected President of Colombia


His autobiography, ‘Jaque al Terror: Los años Horribles de las FARC’ (Against Terror: The Horrible Years of the FARC), published in 2009, is an account of his struggles against FARC during his tenure as the Minister of Defense


In July, 2008, he oversaw ‘Operation Jaque’ or ‘Checkmate’, a rescue operation of hostages that included the presidential candidate Íngrid Betancourt, eleven Colombian soldiers, and three American citizens


In 2006, he served as the Minister of Defense during President Álavaro Uribe's administration, a post he held for the next three years


In 2005, he founded the ‘Social Party of National Unity’


From 2000 to 2002, he served as the Minister of Finance and Public Credit, during the administration of President Andres Pastrana Arango


His book, ‘La Tercera vía: Una Alternativa para Colombia’ (Third Way: An Alternative for Colombia), published in 1999, which he co-authored with Tony Blair, describes how politically centrist policies could benefit Colombia


In 1994, Santos founded the ‘Good Government Foundation’, which was intended to help and improve the Colombian government by making it more efficient and accountable


From 1991 to 1994, he served as Colombia's Minister of Foreign Trade during President César Gaviria Trujillo’s administration


He married María Clemencia Rodríguez Múnera, in 1987


In 1981, he returned to Colombia and began working at ‘El Tiempo’, a national newspaper that his family had a controlling interest in, as a columnist and sub-director


On graduation, he earned a Master's Degree in Economic Development, in 1975


In 1971, Santos left the navy with the rank of naval cadet NA-42 139


He graduated in 1969, from the ‘Admiral Padilla Naval Cadet School’, where he enrolled upon enlisting in the Colombian Navy

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