Roxanne Cheesman is the girlfriend of former Peruvian President, Alan Garcia –who died after shooting himself before his arrest on corruption charges.
Roxanne’s partner served two terms as Peru’s president, from 1985 to 1990 and again from 2006 to 2011. The 69-year-old was involved in what is known as the Car Wash scandal.
At the center of the controversies is the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, whose officials have admitted paying tens of millions of dollars in bribes to high-ranking government officials to secure lucrative public works contracts.
During his lifetime, Garcia was married twice and was in a relationship with mistress/girlfriend Roxanne Cheesman at the time of his death. Check out interesting facts about her below.
#1 Roxanne never married him
Alan Garcia fathered one daughter Carla –from his first marriage to Carla Buscaglia.
His widow is his second wife, economist and former first lady, Pilar Nores –with whom he fathered four children; Josefina, Gabriela, Luciana and Alan Raúl Simón. The two had been married since 1978 and separated but never divorced in 2010.
#2 She was described as his mistress
Is not clear exactly when Roxanne Chessman and Alan Garcia began their romantic relationship. The two met back in the late 80’s but most reports say they didn’t begin their romance until 2004, several year before he and wife Pilar made their separation public.
#3 She is the mother of one son
Roxanne Cheesman gave birth to the couple’s only son, Federico Danton in 2005. Both Roxanne and their son appeared at the presidential swearing-in in Colombia accompanying Alan Garcia.
#4 She was born in the US
Roxanne was born in Minnesota on February 16, 1961. She lost her father, Dr. Ricardo Cheesman in 2015. Her mother Llinka Rajkovic Chiesa, is described as a businesswoman.
#5 She is an economist and columnist
Roxanne who is known as ‘Cuqui’ studied at the Catholic University of Peru, the Catholic University of Tilburg in the Netherlands and in Leuven, Belgium. Cheesman, an economist, worked in Peru as a public servant within the Institute of Foreign Trade and later in communications for a mining company also in Peru.
She is also a columnist for Peruvian publication, El Comercio.