Enrique Peña Nieto, became Mexico’s president in 2012. The former Mexico City governor has been married twice and is the proud father of four children.
Pena Nieto was born July 20, 1966. The Atlacomulco, Mexico native served as Mexico’s governor from 2005-2011. He graduated from Mexico City’s Universidad Panamericana with a law degree and earned his M.B.A. from Monterrey Technological Institute.
Pena Nieto joined the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the late 80’s. Peña Nieto worked various lower-level positions and assumed higher profile political appointments during the 90’s and early 2000’s.
In the race for governor for the State of Mexico, he attracted voters with an agenda that was built around his more than 600 promises he pledged to execute, from building highways to creating better water systems. Voters supported him and on February 12, 2005, he was sworn in as governor.
His time as governor are credited as successful which would later help him to become a national figure. The Mexican leader ran for office in 2012, on a vow to end drug wars and revitalize the economy. He took office on December 1, 2012.
The 50-year-old has made headlines as much for his bad administration (due to corruption scandals, continued violence and weak economic growth) as for his private life. Below find interesting facts about his wives and children.
1. He has been married twice.
In 1994, Peña Nieto married Monica Pretelini Saenz. In 2010 he married Angélica Rivera, a famous soap Televisa actress.
2. He became a widow
His first wife, Monica Pretelini Saenz was born November 29, 1962 and died suddenly on January 11, 2007 from an epileptic epiode. She and Pena Nieto met at a restaurant. At the time he was treasurer of the party’s financial committee and she was president of the Colonos association of the Tecamachalco.
3. He cheated on his first wife.
In January 2012, Peña Nieto revealed that he had fathered two children out of wedlock, cheating on her first wife. He fathered a son with Maritza Díaz Hernández. His other child from an illegitimate relationship died while still an infant.
4. He is the father of four kids.
From his first marriage he is the father of Paulina, Alejandro and Nicole Pena Pretelini. He is also the father of Diego Pena Diaz from his relationship with Maritza Diaz Hernandez.
5. Enrique Pena Nieto and his current wife have seven children combined and none of their own.
His second wife, Angelica Rivera is the mother of three daughters (Angelica sofia, Fernanda and Regina) from her first marriage. She was married to famous Mexican producer, Jose Alberto Castro from 1994 until 2008.
6. He is currently married to a Mexican star.
Angelica Rivera Hurtado was born August 2, 1969. The current fist lady of Mexico gained national fame as a singer, actress and model. Rivera’s work includes some of the most iconic soap operas in Mexican history. Shortly after ttheir marriage, Rivera announced her retirement from the artistic world to ‘focus on her home and children.’