Jaime Ravinet de la Fuente (born October 17, 1946 in Santiago, Chile, is a Chilean politician, lawyer, academic and businessman. From 1990 to 2000 he was Mayor of Santiago, before becoming the Minister for Housing, Urban Planning and National Property in 2001, a position he held until 2004. He then became the Minister for Defence until 11 March 2006. In February 2010 he was re-appointed as Minister of Defence by president-elect Sebastián Piñera[1] but Ravinet resigned on January 13, 2011 after suggesting that the Chilean armed forces might be reluctant to help during humanitarian crises if that forced them to provide information about their expenses.[2]

Jaime Ravinet
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Jaime Ravinet, in 2004
Chilean Minister of Defence
In office
11 March 2010 – 13 January 2011
PresidentSebastián Piñera
Preceded byFrancisco Vidal
Succeeded byAndrés Allamand
In office
29 September 2004 – 11 March 2006
PresidentRicardo Lagos
Preceded byMichelle Bachelet
Succeeded byVivianne Blanlot
Minister for Housing, Urban Planning and National Property
In office
29 December 2000 – 29 September 2004
PresidentRicardo Lagos
Mayor of Santiago
In office
11 March 1990 – 6 December 2000
Preceded byMáximo Honorato
Succeeded byJoaquín Lavín
Personal details
Jaime Nicolás Ravinet de la Fuente

(1946-10-17) 17 October 1946 (age 73)
Santiago, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Nationality Chile Chile
Political partyChristian Democratic Party of Chile (1961-2010)
EducationUniversity of Chile
Johns Hopkins University

He was born into a middle-class family, the eldest son of engineer Alfredo Ravinet and Alicia de la Fuente Larenas, who was Ravinet's second wife. He was educated at Santiago College, San Ignacio College and finally the University of Chile, where he studied law. He married political scientist Ximena Lyon Parot in January 1974, and has three children - Raul, Ximena and Macarena.


  1. ^ "Designación de Ravinet en Defensa centró el anuncio del gabinete de Piñera" (in Spanish). Radio Cooperativa. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Chile's Pinera reshuffles cabinet, keeps Larrain". Reuters. 2011-01-14. Retrieved 21 December 2011.

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