Francisco Rivera Ordóñez
Rivera belongs to a long line of famous bullfighters: his great-grandfather was Cayetano Ordóñez, El Nino de la Palma; his grandfather was Antonio Ordóñez; his granduncle was Luis Miguel Dominguín; his father was Francisco Rivera Paquirri; his brother is Cayetano Rivera Ordóñez; his cousin is Jose Antonio Canales Rivera.
In 2009, he was awarded the Fine Arts medal by the Culture Ministry of Spain, a coveted bullfighting prize, but his receipt resulted in a public outcry.
He is the son of Francisco Rivera Paquirri and Carmen Ordóñez, and his brother is the matador Cayetano Rivera Ordóñez. His father’s second wife was Isabel Pantoja, with whom Francisco has a half brother, Francisco Rivera Pantoja.
He has one daughter, Cayetana Rivera y Martínez de Irujo (born October 16, 1999), from his marriage with Eugenia Martínez de Irujo, 12th Duchess of Montoro, on October 23, 1998. The couple divorced in 2002. Eugenia's mother is the current Duchess of Alba, Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, the most titled noble in the world.
They married on September 14, 2013 in Ronda.
Rivera Ordóñez, who is known in the press as "Fran", was the subject of the book Death and the Sun: A Matador's Season in the Heart of Spain by American journalist Edward Lewine. In 2012 he was again involved in a book, The Bull and The Ban by filmmaker Catherine Tosko and British bullfighter and writer Alexander Fiske-Harrison.
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