Albert Rivera

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rivera and the second or maternal family name is Díaz.
Albert Rivera
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President of Citizens
Assumed office
9 July 2006
Member of the Catalan Parliament
In office
1 November 2006 – 4 August 2015
Personal details
Born Albert Rivera Díaz
(1979-11-15) 15 November 1979 (age 36)
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Political party Citizens - Party of the Citizenship
Spouse(s) Mariona Saperas
Children 1 (Daniela)
Alma mater ESADE
Occupation Politician and lawyer

Albert Rivera Díaz (born 15 November 1979 in Barcelona) is a Spanish attorney and politician from Catalonia. He is the leader of Citizens, a political party in Spain opposed to Catalan independence. He studied law at ESADE.

Childhood and education[edit]

He won the swimming Catalan championships when he was 16.[1] He studied Law at ESADE and has a master's degree in Constitutional Law. After starting his degree in Law, he began to be interested in politics by taking part in a debating competition. Constitutional Law professor and driving force of the civil platform Ciutadans de Catalunya (Citizens of Catalonia) Francesc de Carreras was his professor at university. Once he finished his studies he started working in the legal services of La Caixa savings bank. He then asked for an unpaid leave to be able to prepare for the 2006 Catalan Parliament election.