|First Lady of Mexico|
December 1, 2012
|President||Enrique Peña Nieto|
|Preceded by||Margarita Zavala|
|Born||Angélica Rivera Hurtado
August 2, 1969
Mexico City, Mexico
|Spouse(s)||José Alberto Castro (1994-2008)
Enrique Peña Nieto (2010-present)
|Children||Angélica Sofía (b. 1996)
Fernanda (b. 1999)
Regina (b. 2005)
María Eugenia Hurtado
Angélica Rivera Hurtado (pronounced: [aŋˈxelika riˈβeɾa uɾˈtaðo]) (born August 2, 1969) is a Mexican singer, model and telenovela actress. As the wife of Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, she is the First Lady of Mexico  Her work has included La Dueña (1995), Ángela (1998), Sin Pecado Concebido (2001), Mariana de la Noche (2003) and Destilando Amor (2007).
Rivera was born in Mexico City to a family of six brothers. One day she found out that actress Verónica Castro was filming a video in the street and she decided to snoop around. To her surprise, Castro approached her and suggested that she compete in The Face of the Herald, a contest Rivera won in 1987 which launched her career.
Rivera’s career began at the age of 17, when she won The Face of the Herald contest. She was a model in the video Ahora Te Puedes Marchar with Luis Miguel. She then filmed two TV/radio commercials, one for the United States and other for Japan, followed by the TNT video program hosted by Martha Aguayo.
In 1989, she received the opportunity to play a small part in the soap opera Dulce Desafío. This part was followed by many others on shows such as Simplemente Maria, Mi Pequeña Soledad and La Picara Soñadora. In 1991 Rivera was selected to play the scheming and opportunistic Silvana in Alcanzar una estrella II. In 2003 she played a villain Marcia in the soap opera Mariana de la Noche, produced by Salvador Mejía.
In 2007, she had the lead role in the novela Destilando amor as Gaviota, a young girl from the country who went to the big city to look for a better life.
Since 2010, Rivera has been an instrumental figure in the political campaign of her husband, Enrique Peña Nieto. Having been one of the most popular actresses in Mexico, she is seen by The Huffington Post as a person who engages in public with charm and good looks like a "Carla Bruni-type figure." As a telenovela actress, she was praised for her slightly tanned skin, long and brown locks, and for her "sexy, voluptuous [style]." Once Rivera married Peña Nieto, she adopted a more formal, conservative dressing style.
In November 2014, an article was published indicating that her $7 million house in Lomas de Chapultepec was registered under the name of a company affiliated with a business group that had received government contracts. The revelation about the potential conflict of interest in the acquisition of the house aggravated discontent about the government's handling of the disappearance and apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers by a drug gang working with corrupt police and government officers in Guerrero. Rivera released a video in which she detailed her income as a former soap opera actress, stating that she was selling the house and that the property was not under her name because she had not made the full payment yet.
First Lady of Mexico
As the wife of Enrique Peña Nieto, who was elected President of Mexico in December 2012, Rivera is "First Lady of Mexico". She has also, from March 2013, been President of DIF, the National System for Integral Family Development, a public institution for the welfare of families in Mexico.
On December 11, 1994, Rivera was married to producer José Alberto Castro, brother of Verónica Castro, with whom she has three daughters: Angélica Sofía (born 1996), Fernanda (born 1999) and Regina (born 2005). The couple divorced in 2008.
Rivera married Enrique Peña Nieto, then Governor of the State of Mexico, on November 27, 2010. Days later, she announced her retirement of her artistic career to focus on "this great responsibility by his side, dedicated to my home, to my children". From this marriage, she has three stepchildren.
On March 30, 2012, Peña Nieto began his campaign for the presidency, and Rivera accompanied him to the events across the country. She also published a series of videos which she called "What my eyes see, what my heart feels", where she documented the campaign from her point of view.
|1988-89||Dulce Desafío||María Inés||Supporting Role|
|1989-90||Simplemente María||Isabella Peñalvert de Lopez||Supporting Role|
|1990||Mi pequeña Soledad||Marisa Villaseñor||Supporting Role|
|1991||Alcanzar una estrella II||Silvana Vélez||Co-protagonist|
|La Pícara Soñadora||Giovanna Carini||Co-protagonist|
|1993||Sueño de Amor||Isabel González/Érika de la Cruz||Protagonist|
|1995||La Dueña||Regina Villarreal "La Dueña"||Protagonist|
|1998-99||Angela||Ángela Bellati/Ángela Gallardo Bellati de Bautista||Protagonist|
|2001||Sin Pecado Concebido||Mariana Campos Ortiz de Martorel||Protagonist|
|2003-04||Mariana de la Noche||Marcia Montenegro de Lugo-Navarro||Main Antagonist|
|2007||Destilando Amor||Teresa "Gaviota" Hernández García de Montalvo/Mariana Franco Villareal||Protagonist|
- Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic (Kingdom of Spain, 06/06/2014).
- Recibe Peña Nieto constancia de mayoría Milenio, 31 de agosto de 2012.
- Cheung, Erica (3 July 2012). "Angelica Rivera, Mexico’s New First Lady, Has A Soap Opera Past (PHOTOS, VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
- Peña Nieto y Angélica Rivera ya están casados Milenio, 27 de noviembre de 2010.
- Angélica Rivera se retira por amor Vanguardia, 21 de diciembre de 2010.
- "Los videos detrás de cámaras de 'La Gaviota' con Peña Nieto". ADNPolitico (in Spanish). 22 April 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
- Boletín Oficial del Estado