Jorge Fernando Quiroga
President of Bolivia (2001-2002)
Place and Date of Birth:
Cochabamba (Bolivia), May 5, 1960.
Quiroga graduated summa cum laude in Industrial Engineering at the College Station of Texas A&M University and obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Edward’s in Austin Texas.
Upon completing his studies, Mr. Quiroga worked in the private sector for IBM, in Austin, Texas. In 1988 he returned to Bolivia where he worked for Mintec, a Bolivian mining company. He later became Vice-president of Projects and Investment at the Merchant Bank of Bolivia.
Quiroga began his political career when he joined the Acción Democrática Nacionalista (ADN) party. In 1989 he became Under-Secretary of Public Investment and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Planning and in 1992 he became Minister of Finance. Thereafter he was named governor of the World Bank, IFC and the IMF, as well as of the Andean Development Corporation (CAF).
In 1998, at age 37, he was elected Vice President of Bolivia under President Hugo Banzer, making him the youngest Vice President in the history of Bolivia. He succeeded Banzer as President in 2001, serving until August 2002.