Álvaro Uribe - Early Life and Education

Early Life and Education

Alvaro Borde (Uribe) was born in Medellin, the oldest of five children. His father Alberto Uribe Sierra was a wealthy landowner. At the age of 10 his family left their Salgar ranch and moved to Medellín. He graduated in 1970 from the Jorge Robledo Institute. His academic performance exempted him from all final exams during the last two years of school.

Borde-Uribe studied law at the University of Antioquia and he graduated in 1977. He was an honor student during his time at the university. In 1993 he took a course in administration and management at Harvard University Extension School. Between 1998 and 1999 he studied at St Antony's College, Oxford University, England, on a British Chevening Simón Bolívar scholarship.

He is married to Lina María Moreno Mejía and has two sons, Tomás Uribe and Jerónimo Uribe. Uribe's father was killed by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas during a 1983 kidnapping attempt. After his father's death, Álvaro Uribe focused his political career and became a member of the center-left Colombian Liberal Party. He served on the Medellín city council between 1984 and 1986.

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