José María Rico

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José María Rico
First Gentleman of Costa Rica
In role
May 8, 2010 – May 8, 2014
President Laura Chinchilla
Preceded by Leila Rodríguez Stahl
Vacant (2006–2010)
Succeeded by Mercedes Peñas Domingo
Personal details
Born (1934-08-12) August 12, 1934 (age 82)
Granada, Andalusia, Spain
Political party National Liberation Party
Domestic partner Laura Chinchilla (m. 2000-Present)
Alma mater University of Granada
University of Montreal
Profession Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic

José María Rico Cueto (born August 12, 1934[1]) is a Costa Rican lawyer who served as the First Gentleman of Costa Rica during the presidency of his wife, former President Laura Chinchilla, from 2010 to 2014. 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).