President of Argentina from 2003 to 2007.
Born to Néstor Kirchner, a post office official of Swiss descent, and his wife María Juana Ostoic, who was of Croatian background.
He was succeeded by his own wife Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, winning the 2007 Presidential Election, becoming the First Gentleman of Argentina From December 2007 till his death in 2010.
Nestor passed away on the eve of the third anniversary of his wife’s election as President of Argentina.
Nestor Carlos Kirchner was born February 25, 1950 in Rio de Gallegos Santa Cruz, Argentina. He grew up to become a lawyer and politician.
He attended the National University of La Plata graduating with a law degree. There he was a member of the Peronist (political view from Argentine president Juan Domingo Peron) Youth Organization.
As a young man, Kirchner worked as an extra in an emblematic Argentine movie, “The Rebellious Patagonia” he was also in jail for a brief period due to his political beliefs.
In 1975 he married Cristina Fernandez, whom he had met at law school. After they settled in Santa Cruz the couple formed a successful law practice in the late 1970s. The couple had two children together Maximo and Florencia Kirchner.
Nestor held several government positions such as mayor of Rio Gallegos and Governor of Santa Cruz. Many did not taking seriously after he ran for presidency but thanks to a strategic campaign he became the president of Argentina in 2003.
Largely unknown outside his home province and having one after his opponent stepped down many doubted of Kirchner. He consolidated his power by taking actions that were popular with the general public. His period is knonw for the improvement and growth of the countries economy. But on his last year of administration he was tainted with controversy and corruption, aren’t they all.
He and his wife Cristina were often called the Bill and Hillary Clinton of Argentina. Nestor’s wife was also called “The New Evita” after Eva Peron, the glamorous Argentine First Lady of the 1950s. Néstor Kirchner chose not to run for reelection in 2007, and his wife replaced him as the candidate of the Justicialist party leading people to believe she won by the fact that her husband, Néstor Kirchner, was at the time Argentina’s sitting president.
Néstor Kirchner’s decision to step down in favor of his wife in 2007 was widely seen as a way to stretch family control of the presidency, since Argentine law would allow him to run again after being out of office for four years. However, Néstor Kirchner died of a heart attack on 28 October 2010, and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was reelected in 2011 for another four-year term.
There is also a documentary with his name “Nestor Kirchner” released last year, from the man that change Argentina.