Chile: Sebastián Piñera turns 69

BUENOS AIRES – This Saturday Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile, cut a cake to celebrate his 69th birthday at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Sending a tight kiss and a giant hug from Chile, the country’s First Lady shared a video message for the president. “Today you are in #G20 Argentina but on your return we will continue celebrating as we have done for 45 years of marriage,” Cecilia Morel Montes said in a tweet.

Thanking his wife for the warm wishes, Piñera wrote (in Spanish) on Twitter: “Along with our children and grandchildren, you’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me in my life.”

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In Buenos Aires, FIFA’s highest authority Gianni Infantino presented Mr. Piñera with a shirt with his name and the slogan “Living Football”.

Italy, meanwhile, gave the Chilean Head of State a tie in the middle of the festivities.

Sebastián Piñera was born on 1 December 1949, in Santiago, Chile. He is a nephew of the oldest living Roman Catholic bishop in the world, Bernardino Piñera.

Piñera’s family moved to Belgium one year after his birth and later to New York City, where his father was the Chilean ambassador to the United Nations. Piñera returned to Chile in 1955.

He is a graduate from Harvard University with both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics.

Piñera was an educator from 1971 until 1988. He was Professor of Economics at the University of Chile, the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and Adolfo Ibáñez University. In 1971, he was professor of Economic Political Theory in the School of Economics at the University of Chile and in 1972, he was a professor at the Valparaiso Business School.

In 2010, Piñera became the first billionaire to be sworn into the Chilean Presidency.

The Conservative leader won his second term this year, and replaced socialist Michelle Bachelet in the office for the second time in 8 years.

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