Miguel Alemán Velasco

Miguel Alemán Velasco
Miguel Alemán Velasco
57th Governor of Veracruz
In office
December 1, 1998 – November 30, 2004
Preceded by Patricio Chirinos Calero
Succeeded by Fidel Herrera
Personal details
Born March 18, 1932 (1932-03-18) (age 79)
Veracruz, Veracruz
Political party Institutional Revolutionary Party
Spouse(s) Christiane Magnani
Profession Lawyer

Miguel Alemán Velasco (born March 18, 1932, in Veracruz) is a Mexican politician, businessman and philanthropist. He is a former senator and governor of Veracruz.

Alemán Velasco is the son of former Mexican president Miguel Alemán Valdés and Beatriz Velasco Mendoza and holds a Bachelor's degree in Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is married to former Miss Universe and actress Christiane Magnani and has three daughters and a son: Claudia, Mónica, Carla and Miguel Alemán Magnani. When Alemán Velasco sold his stakes at Televisa, his son acquired them and is now the owner of Interjet, a low-fares airline.

In 1952, Alemán backed as his successor the minister of the interior Adolfo Ruiz Cortines, who pledged a more balanced national development. But Alemán remained a political force, the focal point for more conservative elements in the party and for the new middle-class banking, industrial, and commercial interests which had risen to power in Mexico. As president of the National Tourism Council, he played a major role in the development of the resort town of acapulco and the promotion of the 1968 Olympics.

He died of a heart attack May 14, 1983, at his home in Mexico City.

On August 9, 2004 Alemán was honored by the Government of Panama with the Great Cross of Vasco Nuñez de Balboa.

He sought his party's nomination for the 2006 presidential election during the first months of 2005.

Further Reading

There have been campaign biographies and some journalistic publications on Alemán but no scholarly study. The best work is George S. Wise, El México de Alemán (1952). Useful material is contained in Oscar Lewis's chapter "Mexico since Cárdenas" in Richard N. Adams and others, Social Change in Latin America Today (1960); in Howard F. Cline, Mexico: Revolution to Evolution, 1940-1960 (1962); and in Frank Brandenburg, The Making of Modern Mexico (1964). General discussions of the Alemán administration may be found in Harry Bernstein, Modern and Contemporary Latin America (1952); in Hubert Herring, A History of Latin America (1955; 3d ed. 1968); and in Helen Miller Bailey and Abraham P. Nasatir, Latin America: The Development of Its Civilization (1960; 2d ed. 1968).

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Preceded by
Patricio Chirinos Calero
Governor of Veracruz
1998 - 2004
Succeeded by
Fidel Herrera

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