Sunday, December 4, 2011

José María Aznar

José María Alfredo Aznar López (born 25 February 1953) served as the Prime Minister of Spain from 1996 to 2004. He is on the board of directors of News Corporation.

Early life
Aznar, born in Madrid in 1953, was the son of Manuel Aznar Acedo, army official, journalist and radio broadcaster, and grandson of Manuel Aznar Zubigaray, a prominent journalist during the Franco era. Both father and grandfather held governmental positions during the years of Spain under Franco. He studied law at the Complutense University of Madrid, graduating in 1975, becoming a Spanish Tax Authority inspector in 1976.

Personal life
In 1977 he married Ana Botella, by whom he had three children: José María Aznar Botella, Ana Aznar Botella, born on 26 September 1981, and Alonso Aznar Botella.

Aznar is a grandfather. His daughter married at El Escorial on 5 September 2002 Alejandro Agag, with whom she has four children, Alejandro (b. Madrid, 4 June 2004), Rodrigo (b. Madrid, 13 December 2005), Pelayo (b. Madrid, 16 January 2008), and Alonso (b. Madrid, 22 December 2010) Agag y Aznar.

In 2008 in response to persistent rumours, Aznar denied being the father of Zohra Dati, daughter of Ms Rachida Dati, the then French Minister for Justice.

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