Vicente Fox Quesada, President of Mexico

Happy Birthday to Vicente Fox Quesada, born on July 2, 1942 in Guanajuato, Mexico.  Fox made modern Mexican political history when he was elected as the first President from an opposition party, the Partido Acción Nacional.  Fox defeated the Partido Revolucionario Institucional, which had ruled uninterrupted for 70 years.  Fox started his career in business, rising to the position of CEO of Coca-Cola in Mexico.  Once elected, he pursued policies to mitigate corruption, reformed the law enforcement system, privatized electric utilities, and developed a system of “micro-credits” to help Mexico’s farmers and small business owners.  Upon leaving office, Fox requested a Presidential pension on the basis that, “I have not stolen a single cent …”, a claim that few politicians in this world can make.

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