José María Rico

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José María Rico Cueto (born August 12, 1934[1]) is the husband of Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla. Born in Loja, Granada, Spain,[2] he moved in 1960 to Montreal to pursue his career in international law. He still holds Canadian citizenship.[1] From there he travelled frequently to Latin America, which in 1990 led him to meet Chinchilla and work with her in the same project. He is a lawyer and expert in penal code.[3]

On July 11, 2010 Rico accidentally slipped and fell after watching the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final with Chinchilla at a hotel in Nandayure Canton. He suffered massive fractures in his hipbone, femur, and ribs. The next day he was airlifted to Hospital CIMA where he successfully underwent surgery. [4]


  1. ^ a b Minsky Acosta, Larissa (28 February 2010). "El Primer Caballero" [The First Gentleman]. La Nación (in Spanish). 
  2. ^ Carvajal, Erick (13 February 2010). "El hombre que se robó el corazón de Laura" [The man who stole Laura's heart]. Periódico Al Día (in Spanish). 
  3. ^ Vallejo, Mar (29 June 2009). "Un granadino, presidente consorte." [A Granadan President Consort]. (in Spanish). 
  4. ^ Oviedo, Esteban (13 July 2010). "Esposo de la Presidenta supera cirugía tras caída" [President's husband withstands surgery after fall]. La Nación (in Spanish).