Laurence Golborne

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Golborne and the second or maternal family name is Riveros.
Laurence Golborne Riveros
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Laurence Golborne Riveros
Mining Minister of Chile
In office
March 11, 2010 – July 18, 2011
Preceded by Santiago González
Succeeded by Hernán de Solminihac
Energy Minister of Chile
In office
January 16, 2011 – July 18, 2011
Preceded by Ricardo Raineri
Succeeded by Fernando Echeverría
Personal details
Born July 11, 1961
Santiago, Chile
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Karin Oppermann
Children Six
Residence Santiago, Chile
Alma mater Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (B.S.)
Stanford University and Northwestern University
Occupation Civil engineer

Laurence Nelson Golborne Riveros (born Santiago, July 11, 1961) is a Chilean engineer and entrepreneur. He was ministry of public works until November 7, 2012, when he announced his decision to run for President of Chile. He previously had been bi-minister of Mining and Energy in the administration of President Sebastián Piñera. He announced his resignation for the presidential campaign in April 29, 2013, after two consecutive public scandals.

Family and education[edit]

Golborne grew up in Maipú, a working-class commune in the south-west of the capital Santiago, where his father, Wilfred, a merchant of English descent[1] developed his entrepreneurial streak through an ironmonger business.[1][2][3]

The youngest of six children in the family,[1] as a teenager Golborne became involved in meetings that the conservative National Party was organizing against the Popular Unity government.[1] Nevertheless, his family situation is described as diverse, with members sympathetic to both the left and the right.[4]

Golborne graduated from the Instituto Nacional José Miguel Carrera,[2] and then was admitted to the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile,[1][2][5] where he pursued civil engineering[1][2] In university he was honored as the best graduate of his class. He married Karin Oppermann, after annulling his first catholic marriage.[1][2] Later, he studied business administration at Northwestern and Stanford universities in the United States.[5]

Government career[edit]

Golborne was appointed Minister of Mining on March 11, 2010 by President Sebastián Piñera. As minister, he oversaw the 2010 Copiapó mining accident rescue operations.[6] His management of the rescue operation resulted in his becoming the most popular politician in Chile.[7]

On January 14, 2011 Golborne was designated Minister of Energy by president Piñera. He was sworn in on January 16, 2011.[citation needed]

In July 2011, Golborne was appointed Minister of Public Works. On November 7, 2012 he announced his intention of run in the Chilean presidential election, 2013. He announced his resignation for the presidential campaign in April 29, 2013, after two consecutive public scandals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Serrano, Margarita (2007-07-14). "El ascendente camino del hombre clave de Paulmann". El Mercurio (in Spanish) (Santiago). p. 16. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Qué Pasa (Santiago), 2007-11-23, p.34
  3. ^ La Tercera (Santiago), 2010-05-16, Reportajes, p.24.
  4. ^ "Laurence Golborne". Terra Perú. 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  5. ^ a b "Laurence Golborne". Radio Cooperativa. 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  6. ^ "No quick rescue for trapped Chile miners - minister". Reuters AlertNet. 2010-08-08. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  7. ^ "Chile's trapped miners spend 50th day underground". BBC News. 2010-09-24. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Santiago Gonzales
Minister of Mining
2010-2011
Succeeded by
Hernán de Solminihac
Preceded by
Ricardo Raineri
Minister of Energy
2011-2011
Succeeded by
Fernando Echeverría