Ricardo Maduro

Ricardo Rodolfo Maduro Joest (born 20 April 1946 in Panama) is a Honduran politician who served as President of Honduras from 2002 to 2006. A member of the National Party, Maduro was previously chairman of the Central Bank of Honduras. He graduated from The Lawrenceville School (where he was awarded the Lawrenceville Medal, Lawrenceville's highest award to alumni) and later Stanford University. Maduro is a member of the Levy-Maduro family whose roots go through Portugal, the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles.

Ricardo Maduro
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51st President of Honduras
In office
27 January 2002 – 27 January 2006
Vice PresidentVicente Williams Agasse
Preceded byCarlos Roberto Flores
Succeeded byManuel Zelaya
President of the Central Bank of Honduras
In office
27 January 1990 – 27 January 1994
PresidentRafael Leonardo Callejas
Preceded byGonzalo Carías
Succeeded byRoberto Galvez
Personal details
Ricardo Rodolfo Maduro Joest

(1946-04-20) 20 April 1946 (age 76)
Political partyNational Party of Honduras
Melissa Callejas
(m. 2009)
(m. 2002; div. 2006)
Alma materThe Lawrenceville School
Stanford University

Life and careerEdit

Maduro's first marriage to Miriam Andréu produced three daughters and a son, Ricardo Ernesto, who was kidnapped at age 25 on 23 April 1997. Ricardo Ernesto's body was discovered two days later. His death inspired Maduro to aspire to the presidency and gave him the popularity that allowed him to first register and then be elected as a presidential candidate, in spite of a constitutional ban on those not born in Honduras from becoming President. This constitutional ban created great controversy before the 2001 elections. Having been chosen as the PNH candidate, he was eventually allowed to stand. In his campaign he promised to tackle crime and the Mara Salvatrucha gang (maras). He immediately brought troops out onto the streets of the larger cities to accompany the local police. The PNH-held National Congress passed laws making illicit association a crime, which have seen hundreds of gang members put behind bars.

In October 2002, Maduro married the Spaniard Aguas Santas Ocaña Navarro, whom he met when she was a member of the Spanish Embassy in Honduras. Shortly after he left office, Maduro and Ocaña filed for divorce. She consequently moved to Nicaragua with her adoptive children to direct a non-profit organization devoted to children. Maduro remained in Tegucigalpa. Maduro's eldest son is a United States citizen and lives in the U.S.

On 1 May 2005 the plane Maduro was traveling in crashed into the Caribbean Sea off the shore of Tela. Maduro, his daughter Lorena, and the pilot were reportedly not seriously injured and were rescued by local residents. He was taken to a hospital in Comayagua to recover.

On 27 November 2005 Maduro presided over a new set of presidential and general elections. His party lost the presidency to the Liberal Party of Honduras (PLH) and its candidate Manuel Zelaya. Zelaya succeeded Maduro on 27 January 2006.

Maduro currently serves as President of Inversiones la Paz in Tegucigalpa, and is active in the education organization he created in honor of his son, the Fundacion para la Educacion Ricardo Ernesto Maduro Andreu, FEREMA. The organization is set up to give an education to lower income kindergarten students. Maduro believes that kindergarten is an instrumental part in a child’s life to be able to succeed academically.


See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "La boda del año: Ricardo Maduro – Melissa Callejas" (in Spanish). La Prensa. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  2. ^ "President Chen Hosts a State Banquet to Honduras President Ricardo Maduro". Office of the President, Republic of China. 21 October 2002. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
Political offices
Preceded by President of Honduras
Succeeded by