Laurence Golborne

Laurence Nelson Golborne Riveros (born Lorence Nelson Golborne Riveros Santiago, July 11, 1961) is a Chilean engineer and entrepreneur. He was minister of public works until November 7, 2012, when he announced his decision to run for President of Chile. He previously had been bi-minister of Mining and Energy in the administration of President Sebastián Piñera. He withdrew from the presidential campaign on April 29, 2013, after two consecutive public scandals.

Laurence Golborne
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Laurence Golborne Riveros
Mining Minister of Chile
In office
March 11, 2010 – July 18, 2011
Preceded bySantiago González Larraín
Succeeded byHernán de Solminihac
Energy Minister of Chile
In office
January 16, 2011 – July 18, 2011
Preceded byRicardo Raineri
Succeeded byFernando Echeverría
Personal details
Laurence Nelson Golborne Riveros

(1961-09-11) September 11, 1961 (age 60)
Santiago, Chile
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Karin Oppermann
Residence(s)Santiago, Chile
Alma materPontifical Catholic University of Chile (B.S.)
Stanford University and Northwestern University
OccupationCivil engineer

Family and educationEdit

Golborne grew up in Maipú, a working-class commune in the south-west of the capital Santiago, where his father, Wilfred, a merchant of English descent[1] developed his entrepreneurial streak through an ironmonger business.[1][2][3]

The youngest of six children in the family,[1] as a teenager Golborne became involved in meetings that the conservative National Party was organizing against the Popular Unity government.[1] Nevertheless, his family situation is described as diverse, with members sympathetic to both the left and the right.[4]

Golborne graduated from the Instituto Nacional José Miguel Carrera,[2] and then was admitted to the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile,[1][2][5] where he pursued civil engineering.[1][2] In university he was honored as the best graduate of his class. He married Karin Oppermann, after annulling his first Catholic marriage.[1][2] Later, he studied business administration at Northwestern and Stanford universities in the United States.[5]

Golborne is a Roman Catholic.

Government careerEdit

Golborne was appointed Minister of Mining on March 11, 2010 by President Sebastián Piñera. As minister, he oversaw the 2010 Copiapó mining accident rescue operations.[6] His management of the rescue operation resulted in his becoming the most popular politician in Chile.[7]

On January 14, 2011 Golborne was designated Minister of Energy by president Piñera. He was sworn in on January 16, 2011.[citation needed]

In July 2011, Golborne was appointed minister of public works. On November 7, 2012 he announced his candidacy in the 2013 Chilean presidential election. He withdrew from the presidential campaign on April 29, 2013, after two consecutive public scandals.

In July 2016, Golborne was charged by the Chilean government prosecutor for tax offenses.[8]

In popular cultureEdit

Actor Rodrigo Santoro portrays Golborne in the 2015 film The 33, directed by Patricia Riggen.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Serrano, Margarita (2007-07-14). "El ascendente camino del hombre clave de Paulmann". El Mercurio (in Spanish). Santiago. p. 16. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  2. ^ a b c d e Qué Pasa (Santiago), 2007-11-23, p.34
  3. ^ La Tercera (Santiago), 2010-05-16, Reportajes, p.24.
  4. ^ "Laurence Golborne". Terra Perú. 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  5. ^ a b "Laurence Golborne". Radio Cooperativa. 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  6. ^ "No quick rescue for trapped Chile miners - minister". Reuters AlertNet. 2010-08-08. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  7. ^ "Chile's trapped miners spend 50th day underground". BBC News. 2010-09-24. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  8. ^ "Caso Penta: Tribunal fija audiencia de formalización de Golborne para el 29 de juni". La Tercera. Retrieved 9 April 2016.

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Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Mining
Succeeded by
Hernán de Solminihac
Preceded by Minister of Energy
Succeeded by
Fernando Echeverría