Miguel Alemán Velasco

Miguel Alemán Velasco (born March 18, 1932 in Veracruz) is a Mexican politician, businessman and philanthropist. He is a former senator and governor of Veracruz. Alemán Velasco is the son of former Mexican president Miguel Alemán Valdés (1946–52), the first candidate to run for the presidency from the Institutional Revolutionary Party and first civilian president in the modern era, and Beatriz Velasco Mendoza. Alemán Velasco has been active in both the public and private sectors.[1]

Miguel Alemán Velasco
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57th Governor of Veracruz
In office
December 1, 1998 – November 30, 2004
Preceded byPatricio Chirinos Calero
Succeeded byFidel Herrera
Personal details
Born (1932-03-18) March 18, 1932 (age 88)
Veracruz, Veracruz
Political partyInstitutional Revolutionary Party
Spouse(s)Christiane Magnani
ProfessionLawyer, businessman, politician, philanthropist.


Alemán Velasco holds a bachelor's degree in Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.


His father's holdings in the large Mexican television network Televisa led to Alemán Velasco's importance in that media company.[2]

On August 9, 2004, Alemán was honored by the Government of Panama with the Great Cross of Vasco Nuñez de Balboa.[citation needed]

In November 2013 Alemán received the "Jerusalem Prize", which since 2002 has been awarded by the World Zionist Organization in conjunction with the Zionist Council of Mexico. President Miguel Alemán Valdés sent weapons to Israel via Panama when he was Interior Secretary (1940–1945) and the younger Alemán has had a long relationship with Israel and many Jewish friends.[3]

He sought his party's nomination for the 2006 presidential election during the first months of 2005.[citation needed]

In April 2020, the Tax Administration Service (SAT) seized the property of the Miguel Alemán Valdés Foundation in Polanco, Mexico City. Alemán Velasco is the CEO of Grupo Alemán (Galem), which includes Interjet. The airline declared "technical bankruptcy" in August 2019 due to poor investments, including those in the Mexico City Texcoco Airport (NAIM). Interject suspended its flights on March 24, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico.[4][5] Interjet and SAT reached an agreement on payment of the MXN $549.3 million debt on April 23, 2020.[6]

Family lifeEdit

He is married to former Miss Universe and actress Christiane Magnani and has four children: Claudia, Mónica, Karla and Miguel Alemán Magnani. When Alemán Velasco sold his stakes at Televisa, his son acquired them and is now the owner of Interjet, a low-fares airline.

Further Reading

There have been campaign biographies and some journalistic publications on President Alemán (1946-1952), but no scholarly study. The best work is George S. Wise, El México de Alemán (1952). Useful material is contained in Oscar Lewis's chapter "Mexico since Cárdenas" in Richard N. Adams and others, Social Change in Latin America Today (1960); in Howard F. Cline, Mexico: Revolution to Evolution, 1940-1960 (1963); and in Frank Brandenburg, The Making of Modern Mexico (1964). General discussions of the Alemán administration may be found in Harry Bernstein, Modern and Contemporary Latin America (1952); in Hubert Herring, A History of Latin America (1955; 3d ed. 1968); and in Helen Miller Bailey and Abraham P. Nasatir, Latin America: The Development of Its Civilization (1960; 2d ed. 1968).


  1. ^ http://www.miguelaleman.org/index.php/biografias/licenciado-miguel-aleman-velasco accessed 13 April 2019
  2. ^ Camp, Roderic Ai, "Miguel Alemán Valdés" in Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1996, vol. 1, p. 54.
  3. ^ "México envió armas a Israel para ayudarlo a independizarse, revela Miguel Alemán Velasco" [Mexico sent weapons to Israel to help it become independent, Miguel Alemán Velasco reveals]. Enlace Judío (in Spanish). 10 September 2019. Retrieved Apr 24, 2020.
  4. ^ "Grupo Alemán reconoció embargo precautorio del SAT por deuda de Interjet" [German group recognized SAT precautionary embargo for Interjet debt]. Infobae (in Spanish). Retrieved Apr 24, 2020.
  5. ^ "SAT embargó propiedad de Miguel Alemán Velasco por insolvencia de Interjet" [SAT seized property of Miguel Alemán Velasco for insolvency of Interjet]. Infobae (in Spanish). Retrieved Apr 24, 2020.
  6. ^ Villanueva, Dora (23 April 2020). "Interjet confirma acuerdo con SAT para pago de impuestos - Economía - La Jornada" [Interjet confirms agreement with SAT for tax payment]. www.jornada.com.mx (in Spanish). Retrieved Apr 24, 2020.

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Preceded by
Patricio Chirinos Calero
Governor of Veracruz
Succeeded by
Fidel Herrera Beltrán