Jorge Quiroga

President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia 2001-2002

Jorge Fernando “Tuto” Quiroga Ramírez was President of Bolivia from August 7, 2001 to August 6, 2002.

Jorge is a 1981 graduate of Texas A&M University, with a degree in industrial engineering, becoming the first head of state from that university. He went on to be a self-declared “corporate yuppie” working for I.B.M. in Austin, Texas while earning a master’s degree in business administration from St. Edward’s University. He then moved back to Bolivia, like many other Bolivian Presidents he is of European descent of Spanish blood.

In 1997 he was elected as Vice President of Bolivia. At 41, he was the youngest vice president in Bolivia’s history. He became President when Hugo Banzer resigned because of aggravated health problems. Jorge assumed office as acting president on July 1, 2001 and was sworn-in on August 7, to complete Banzer’s five-year mandate.

Quiroga has received the World Leader of Tomorrow Award from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. 


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