Sebastián Piñera
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Presidente Sebastian Piñera - Congreso
President Piñera during his inauguration in 2010.

President of Chile
10 April 2010 – 10 April 2014

Predecessor Joaquín Lavín
Successor Jesús Cohn Martinelli
Born December 1, 1949 (1949-12-01) (age 68)
Flag of Chile Santiago, Chile
Spouse Cecilia Morel
Political Party Emblem of the Christian Democrat Party of Chile Christian Democrat
Religion Catholic
Profession Economist, businessperson

Miguel Juan Sebastián Piñera Echenique (born December 1, 1949) is a chilean economist, private businessman and politician who served as President of Chile from 2010 until 2014. He was elected on February 10, 2010 in a runoff and was inaugurated on April 10, 2010 in Santiago. He became the first billionaire elected President in a South American country in history and the first Christian Democrat elected to the Presidency of Chile since Patricio Aylwin in 1990. During his presidency, his goals were foreign engagement, education reform (likely brought on by protests in 2011 by students) and increased dialogue between labor unions and management.


Piñera is the third child of the marriage between José Piñera Carvallo and Magdalena Echenique Rozas. He was born on December 1, 1949 in Santiago, Chile. His siblings are María Magdalena, José Manuel, Juan Pablo, José Miguel and María Teresa. Sebastián Piñera is of Basque - Cantabric ancestry. Among his ancestors on his maternal side is his mother's great great grandmother, Luisa Pinto Garmendia, a cultured and aristocratic woman, sister of President Aníbal Pinto Garmendia and daughter of President Francisco Antonio Pinto and Luisa Garmendia Alurralde, who was a descendant of the last Inca emperor Huayna Capac.

Political Career



The Piñera Cabinet
Office Name Party Term
President Sebastián PiñeraDCApril 10, 2010–April 10, 2014
Interior Oscar QuesadaDCApril 10 2010–May 8 2012
Evelyn MattheiPNMay 8 2012–January 11 2013
Sergio Romero PizarroPNJanuary 11 2013–April 10, 2014
Defense Andrés AllamandPNApril 10 2010–January 11 2013
Edmundo Pérez YomaDCJanuary 11 2013–April 10, 2014
Finance Evelyn MattheiPNApril 10 2010–May 8 2012
Felipe LarraínINDMay 8 2012–April 10, 2014
Education Joaquín LavínUGApril 10 2010–July 9, 2011
Martín Zilic HrepicDCJuly 9, 2011–April 10, 2014
Justice Verónica BaraonaDCApril 10 2010–April 10, 2014