Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner became the second woman President (after Isabel Peron) and the first woman – elected Argentine President. Cristina Fernandez was born 19 February 1953 in La Plata, Buenos Aires province. Her parents – Eduardo Fernandez and Ofelia Esther Wilhelm. Eduardo Fernandez, the son of Spanish immigrants, worked as a bus driver and was a shareholder of transport company. Ofelia Esther Wilhelm – the daughter of a native of Germany Karl Wilhelm – was born in the town of Tolosa. Ophelia was pregnant when she was engaged to Eduardo Fernandez. At that time it was a scandal, but the couple decided to formalize their status only after the fifth anniversary of their daughter. Christine has a younger sister Giselle, who is two years younger, and she is a doctor in La Plata.
From her youth Fernandez was a good student, first at the Commercial San Martin school in her native city of La Plata, and then in the school Nuestra Senora de la Misericordia, located in the town of Tolosa. In 1973, Cristina Fernandez enrolled in the psychology department of the National University of La Plata. In October 1974, she met with Nestor Kirchner, who was in the youth radical leftist movement. Cristina Kirchner was fascinated by politics and moved into the Faculty of Law of the University.
Nestor and Cristina Kirchner married on Thursday, May 8, 1975, and then to her name was added “de Kirchner”: the prefix “de” means that Cristina Fernandez Kirchner is married. During his senior year at the University the spouses ceased political activity, fearing of expelling Christina from University. They decided to move to the hometown of Nestor in the province of Santa Cruz, where they opened a private law agency in which the duties of Cristina Kirchner included search of new customers, and her husband was engaged in administrative and financial management.
Cristina Fernandez and Nestor Kirchner have two children. The eldest son Maximo was born in 1977, and the daughter Florencia – in 1990. In 2008 Florencia had her web page on the site “Fotolog”. She posted photos of herself and the family. Relatives reacted negatively to it. Her father, Nestor Kirchner repeatedly asked Florencia to remove these pictures from the Internet.
October 27, 2010 in a hospital in El Calafate (Province of Santa Cruz) Nestor Kirchner died from heart failure, the former president and husband of Cristina Kirchner. October 30, 2010 his funeral cortege passed through the streets of Buenos Aires, thousands of Argentinians bid farewell to the former president.
Journalist Olga Vorn (born Olga Wornat), became the author of a biography of Christina Kirchner, described her as “a strong, educated, generous and sometimes even arrogant, often emotionally unbalanced, but indispensable for Argentina”. Nestor Kirchner admitted that his wife is more actively than him, she promoted his political career. Cristina and Nestor Kirchner have been always leftist and supported anti-imperialist front.
Magazine “The Times” wrote, that Cristina Kirchner used her charm and sexuality as a powerful weapon on the way to the goal that has already used the legendary Eva Peron. According to the opposition, Kirchner has an image of the arrogant and haughty woman. Despite this, the simple Argentinians call her by name – Christina, and sincerely believe that the image of an arrogant she got out of envy.
Another hobby of Cristina Kirchner – a desire to look good, she constantly buys new clothes, devotes much time to make up and cosmetics. The collection of Cristina Kirchner’s clothing and footwear are from most prestigious brands as well as from well-known designers. Although this weakness does not affect her popularity among voters. Cristina Kirchner always wears makeup and high heels. She rarely wears the same outfit twice and in many cases, late for a meeting with world leaders because of spending too much time choosing clothes. After her husband’s death Fernandez decided to wear only black. And since her husband’s death changed 200 different outfits, including suits, trousers, dresses and coats.
Cristina Kirchner very rarely gives interviews and sometimes publicly called journalists “donkeys” and “blockheads”. Journalists always criticize her desire to look good, the high cost of clothes from Armani and plastic surgery. In an interview, she said: “I have two passions in life: politics and shopping”. A woman is a woman.
In 2008, Cristina Kirchner joined the list of the hundred most influential women in the world, published in the magazine «Forbes». She was present as the second woman – the head of government, after Angela Merkel. In 2008, in this list Kirchner took the thirteenth place, in 2009 – the eleventh, and in 2010 dropped to sixty- eighth. In 2010, Cristina Kirchner was on second place in Time magazine’s list of the top ten female leaders of the world.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) welcomes Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner at the start of the G20 summit on September 5, 2013 in Saint Petersburg. Russia hosts the G20 summit hoping to push forward an agenda to stimulate growth but with world leaders distracted by divisions on the prospect of US-led military action in Syria.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner