Official presidential portrait of PiÃ±era (2010)
|36th President of Chile|
March 11, 2010 â€“ March 11, 2014
|Preceded by||Michelle Bachelet|
|Succeeded by||Michelle Bachelet|
|Leader of National Renewal|
May 26, 2001 â€“ March 10, 2004
|Preceded by||Alberto Cardemil|
|Succeeded by||Sergio DÃez|
|Senator for Eastern Santiago|
March 11, 1990 â€“ March 11, 1998
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Carlos Bombal|
|Born||Miguel Juan SebastiÃ¡n PiÃ±era Echenique
December 1, 1949
|Political party||National Renewal (Before 2010)
|Coalition for Change|
|Spouse(s)||Cecilia Morel (1973â€“present)|
|Alma mater||Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
Economic and financial crisis are getting much more usual, and they are not confined to a given country but they immediately spread all over the world, and you have to be prepared for that.
I grew up middle class. My father was a public functionary who didn't leave an inheritance, just debts.
I would say that the U.S. has overlooked Latin America. Their priorities have always been somewhere else. And that is a problem and that is a mistake.
I believe in a real democratic system, with a state of law and freedom of the press. I believe in a free, open-market economy integrated with the world. And I believe in equality of opportunity. Those are my basic beliefs. On top of that, of course, I believe in some moral values.
Countries with deficit don't want to pay the bill, and they want to get more loans, and countries with superiority, they don't want to help the countries with problems, and they just want them to tighten their belts.
To have a stable economy, to have a stable democracy, and to have a modern government is not enough. We have to build new pillars of development. Education, science and technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, and more equality.
Chile is not a rich country in terms of gas, or oil or coal, but we are extremely rich in terms of the energies of the future.
Business is a useful tool in politics, but it's not enough. You need much more than to be a good businessman, to be a good politician.
No child should be left behind – I've heard this from President Obama. And here, we say in Latin America, no country should be left behind.
I deeply believe that marriage is by nature between a man and a woman, but that conviction does not prevent me from recognising that other forms of affective relationships exist.
I'm a person with a lot of affection for adventure – I scuba dive, skydive, fly helicopters.
Chile isn't the biggest, richest or most powerful country in the world, but we should dedicate ourselves to transforming it into the best country in the world. We don't have a single minute to lose.
We've got to move beyond the idea that the public and private sectors are at odds. Government has to lay the groundwork for private equity to productively invest in things like education. It's a partnership, not a battle.
On one hand, it is very important that democracy and human rights be defended across borders. But it is also very important to respect the right of each country to choose its own path.