Daniel Scioli

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Daniel Scioli
Daniel Scioli October 2015.jpg
Governor of Buenos Aires
Assumed office
10 December 2007
Deputy Alberto Balestrini
Gabriel Mariotto
Preceded by Felipe Solá
33rd Vice President of Argentina
In office
25 May 2003 – 10 December 2007
President Néstor Kirchner
Preceded by Carlos Álvarez
Succeeded by Julio Cobos
President of the Justicialist Party
In office
27 October 2010 – 9 May 2014
Preceded by Néstor Kirchner
Succeeded by Eduardo Fellner
In office
29 June 2009 – 11 November 2009
Preceded by Néstor Kirchner
Succeeded by Néstor Kirchner
Personal details
Born Daniel Osvaldo Scioli
(1957-01-13) 13 January 1957 (age 58)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Political party Justicialist Party
Other political
Front for Victory (2003–present)
Spouse(s) Karina Rabolini
Children Lorena
Alma mater Argentine University of Enterprise
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Official website

Daniel Osvaldo Scioli (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈnjel ˈsjoli]; born January 13, 1957) is an Argentine politician, sportsman, and businessperson. He was the 33rd Vice President of Argentina from 2003 to 2007, under Néstor Kirchner, and has been Governor of Buenos Aires Province since 2007. He has also served two tenures as president of the Justicialist Party.


Scioli was born in Villa Crespo, Buenos Aires. He spent his first years in a typical middle class home located at the corner of Corrientes and Humboldt. His grandfather ran an electrical hardware store, which over time grew into a store selling electrical appliances that was to become the family business. Scioli has described himself as a loyal man devoted to his stable and intimate circle, and an understanding but demanding father.

In 1975, his brother José Scioli was kidnapped by a cell of the Montoneros guerrilla group. Daniel Scioli, then aged 18, had to carry out the negotiations with the kidnappers to free his brother. José was released in exchange for a cash payment to be done by their father.[1]

He is married to former model and entrepreneur Karina Rabolini and has an extramarital daughter called Lorena. Scioli refused to recognize his daughter, but he was eventually forced by law to recognize her. She was then accepted by Scioli as his daughter when she was 18 years old.[2] Regarding this issue, he says, "It helped me to grow and to give me peace of mind. My relation with Lorena improved my life, and that’s why now I can also enjoy Father’s Day".[3]


Scioli attended Colegio Ward’s primary school in Villa Sarmiento, where he lived until he was 17 years old. For his secondary schooling, he graduated from the Escuela Superior de Comercio Carlos Pellegrini with a diploma in commercial expertise, having attained one of the three best grade averages. He started studies in marketing at the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (U.A.D.E.) in Buenos Aires; in October 2015 he graduated finishing his final exams.[4] Scioli and Ricardo Orosco, head of the UADE, were denounced for a possible degree forgery, as several topics of study approved by him are no longer part of the scheduled studies.[5]

Sports career[edit]

His interest in sports began at the Villa Crespo club. He took part in swimming, tennis, basketball and a form of badminton, representing his city in each. His passion for offshore powerboat racing took off when a friend invited him for a ride in a powerboat. Some time later he competed in his first Offshore Powerboat race in Mar del Plata, in which he finished last. "This made me very angry, so I decided to train until I started winning, and finally ended up as the world champion," he states.

Scioli started to compete in offshore powerboat racing in 1986 in 1987 he joined the Italian powerboat designer, builder and engineer Fabio Buzzi who ran FB Design, one of the most successful powerboat racing teams in the world.

On December 4, 1989 he lost his right arm in an accident whilst racing on the Paraná river in the 1000 km Delta Argentino race. A wave produced by an oil tanker is believed to have overturned his boat. A fitted prosthesis enabled Scioli to pursue his love of offshore powerboat racing.

Even with this handicap he won many offshore powerboat racing championships in various categories. On board La Gran Argentina, a Fabio Buzzi-designed FB 55, Daniel Scioli was a three-time winner of the World Superboat USA Championship and captured 4 European titles. The boat's hull was modified in 2000 into a long-distance record setter. Scioli went on to set the Miami-Nassau-Miami record with an average speed of 100 mph.

Business career[edit]

In the field of business his activity was linked to the electrical appliances market. In 1991 the Swedish company Electrolux, which had left the Argentine market on account of the country’s instability, nominated him as the agent of its brand for Argentina. In 1994 Scioli encouraged the firm to re-establish in Argentina, an effort which gave rise to Electrolux Argentina, of which he became the director, a post he held until 1997.

Political career[edit]

Scioli's running mate, Alberto Balestrini, President Kirchner and Scioli celebrate the victory of the Scioli-Balestrini ticket in the 2007 race for the Governor of the Province of Buenos Aires, the nation's largest.

Scioli’s political career took off in 1997, when he ran for a seat in the House of Representatives on behalf of the Justicialist Party in the city of Buenos Aires. He won that election and on December 10 of that year he became a Deputy in the Argentine Congress. He was nominated president of the Sports Committee of the House for a two-year tenure, a nomination that was renewed for another two-year period on the basis of a unanimous vote. In the same year he retained his House seat in the October congress elections and remained in that position until 2005.

Having been re-elected as a Deputy in 2001, in December 2001 he became a minister as the Secretary of Sports and Tourism. In 2003 the formula Kirchner-Scioli running on the Frente para la Victoria ticket won the presidential election. Thus Scioli became Argentina’s Vice-President and the President of the Senate.

In 2007, upon Néstor Kirchner's retirement as President, Daniel Scioli was elected Governor of the Province of Buenos Aires, considered one of the most influential political jobs in Argentina. Following disappointing results for the ruling Front for Victory (FPV) in the June 28, 2009, mid-term elections, Scioli replaced Kirchner as President of the Justicialist Party (to which the FPV belongs).[6]

Presidential Campaign Argentina 2015 - Daniel Scioli Presidente - Poster

Scioli is the FPV candidate in the 2015 Argentine presidential election, and was endorsed by incumbent President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.[7] The initial polls pointed him as a favourite, with chances to become president in the first run and avoid the ballotage, but he got to a narrow-margin victory with mayor Mauricio Macri. The runoff was held on November 22.[8] Scioli lost the elections, and accepted his defeat when 70% of the votes were counted.[9]


  1. ^ "El secuestro del hermano de Scioli" [The kidnapping of Scioli's brother] (in Spanish). Ámbito Financiero. January 24, 2009. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Lorena Scioli". Revista Hola. 24 June 2015. A principios de 1990, mediante un juicio de filiación, fue reconocida legalmente y recibió el apellido que hoy la hace tan famosa. 
  3. ^ María Paz Aizpurúa (September 2005). "Cuando la paternidad es un problema" [When paternity is an issue] (in Spanish). Para tí. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Scioli volvió a la Universidad para rendir Marketing" [Scioli returned to the university to take an exam on marketing] (in Spanish). Clarín. March 7, 2015. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Denunciaron a Scioli por su título universitario" [Scioli was denounced about his university degree] (in Spanish). Clarín. November 3, 2015. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ Clarín: Scioli estrenó su liderazgo peronista (Spanish)
  7. ^ Gilbert, Jonathan (June 28, 2015). "Some Fear Departing Argentine President Has No Real Plans to Leave". The New York Times. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ Jonathan Watts and Uki Goñi (October 26, 2015). "Argentina's presidential election headed for second round after no clear winner". The Guardian. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ Catherine E. Shoichet (November 22, 2015). "Argentina elections: Daniel Scioli concedes defeat". CNN. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Carlos Álvarez
Vice President of Argentina
Succeeded by
Julio Cobos
Preceded by
Felipe Solá
Governor of Buenos Aires