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Juan Manuel Santos

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32nd President of Colombia
In office
7 August 2010 – 7 August 2018
Vice President Angelino Garzón
Germán Vargas Lleras
Oscar Naranjo
Preceded by Álvaro Uribe
Succeeded by Iván Duque Márquez
Minister of National Defense
In office
19 July 2006 – 18 May 2009
President Álvaro Uribe
Preceded by Camilo Ospina Bernal
Succeeded by Freddy Padilla de León (acting)
Minister of Finance and Public Credit
In office
7 August 2000 – 7 August 2002
President Andrés Pastrana Arango
Preceded by Juan Camilo Restrepo Salazar
Succeeded by Roberto Junguito Bonnet
Minister of Foreign Trade
In office
18 November 1991 – 7 August 1994
President César Gaviria
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Daniel Mazuera Gómez
Presidential Designate of Colombia
In office
1993–1994
President César Gaviria
Preceded by Humberto De la Calle
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Born
Juan Manuel Santos Calderón

10 August 1951 (1951-08-10) (age 68)
Bogotá, Colombia
Political party Liberal Party (Before 2005)
Social Party of National Unity (2005–present)
Spouse(s) Silvia Amaya Londoño (divorced)
María Clemencia Rodríguez Múnera (m. 1987)
Children Martín
María Antonia
Esteban
Residence Casa de Nariño
Alma mater University of Kansas
London School of Economics
Harvard University
Tufts University
Awards Nobel Peace Prize (2016)
Signature
Military service
Allegiance  Colombia
Branch/service Colombian Navy
Years of service 1967–1971

Juan Manuel Santos Calderón(born 10 August 1951) is a former Colombian politician. From 2010 to 2018, he was the President of Colombia. He was the sole recipient of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.

An economist by profession and a journalist by trade, Santos is a member of the wealthy and influential Santos family, who from 1913 to 2007 were the majority shareholders of the newspaper El Tiempo until its sale in 2007.

He was a cadet at the Navy Academy in Cartagena. Shortly after graduating from the University of Kansas, he joined the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia as an economic advisor and delegate to the International Coffee Organization in London, where he also attended the London School of Economics.

In 1981, he was appointed deputy director of El Tiempo newspaper, becoming its director two years later. Santos earned a mid-career/master's in public administration in 1981 from Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and was a 1988 Nieman Fellow for his award-winning work as a columnist and reporter.

Santos was a Fulbright visiting fellow at Fletcher at Tufts University in 1981. Santos served as a member and Vice Chair of the Washington-based think tank the Inter-American Dialogue and was president of the Freedom of Expression Commission for the Inter American Press Association.

In 1991, he was appointed by President César Gaviria Trujillo as Colombia's first Minister of Foreign Trade. Santos worked in expanding international trade with Colombia, and worked in creating various agencies for this purpose. In 2000, he was appointed by President Andrés Pastrana Arango as the 64th Minister of Finance and Public Credit.

In 2006 Santos was appointed as Minister of National Defence, taking a strong and forceful stance against FARC and the other guerrilla groups operating in Colombia. Santos also created the Good Government Foundation.

On October 7, 2016, Santos was announced as recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, for his efforts negotiating a peace treaty with the FARC-guerilla in the country, despite the unsuccessful referendum held over the deal. The Colombian government and the FARC signed a revised peace deal on November 24. Both houses of Congress agreed on the revised peace accord on November 29–30, 2016, thus marking an end to the conflict. Juan Manuel Santos has been named as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people.

He is 58 years old, and is from one of the most politically influential families of Colombia. He is married to Maria and has three children.

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