ColombiaIván Duque Márquez

Iván Duque Bio, Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Parents, Education, Political Career and President of Colombia

On 7 August 2018, Iván Duque assumes office as President of Colombia in the Plaza de Bolívar

Iván Duque  Bio

Iván Duque Márquez was born on 1 August 1976, in Bogotá. He is a Colombian lawyer, writer and politician. Iván Duque Márquez is the current President of the Republic of Colombia for the Democratic Center Party. He served as Senator of the Republic of Colombia from July 20, 2014, to April 10, 2018.  He worked as a representative of Colombia before the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He assumed the position of President of Colombia on August 7, 2018, in the Plaza de Bolívar, located in the City of Bogotá.

Duque is a lawyer with major studies in Philosophy and Humanities from Sergio Arboleda University. He holds a Master’s Degree (LLM) in International Economic Law from the American University and Public Policy Management from Georgetown University. He has executive studies in strategic negotiation, policies to promote the private sector and management of short-term risk capital in the School of Business and Government at Harvard University.

60th President of the Republic of Colombia
Currently in charge
From August 7 , 2018
Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez
Predecessor Juan Manuel Santos

Senator of the Republic of Colombia
July 20, 2014-10 April 2018

Personal information

Birth August 1, 1976 in Bogotá , Colombia
Age 42 Years old as of 2018
Home Bogotá , Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Mother tongue Spanish
Religion Catholic
Politic party Democratic Center


  • Father, Iván Duque Escobar
  • Mother, Juliana Márquez Ringtone (1937-2016)
Wife Maria Juliana Ruiz
Children 3 (Luciana, Eloísa and Matías)


Educated in

Professional information

Occupation Politician , lawyer and writer

Iván Duque  Biography

Iván Duque Márquez is the parents are a political scientist Juliana Márquez Tono, his mother and lawyer Iván Duque Escobar (1937-2016) his father, who served as governor of Antioquia between 1981 and 1982, former minister of mines and energy and who was also National registrar of civil status during the Government of Andrés Pastrana. He is married to María Juliana Ruiz, and he has three children Luciana, Matías and Eloísa. He has a brother Andrés and a half sister María Paula Duque Samper, the wife of journalist Néstor Morales.

He started his professional career in 1999 as a consultant in the CAF-Development Bank of Latin America, later on serving as an advisor to the Ministry of Finance of Colombia during the government of Andrés Pastrana. In the mid 2001 and 2013 he worked at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as the chief advisor for Colombia, Peru and Ecuador on the boards of the Inter-American Development Bank, the Investment Finance Corporation IIC and the Multilateral Investment Fund of the IDB group and was head of the Culture, Creativity and Solidarity division.

Duque also served as the international advisor to former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, dedicated to the defence of democracy and the promotion of Colombia abroad. Between 2010 and 2011 he was an advisor to the United Nations (UN).

He is the author of the Machiavelli books in Colombia, The future is in the centre, IndignAcción and co-author of the book The Orange Effect . 14 was a columnist for portafolio newspaper Colombia in the publishing house El Tiempo in Colombia.

Iván Duque Political Career

In the legislative elections of 2014, Duque Márquez was part of the list selected to the Senate of the Republic of the Democratic Center political movement, led by former President Álvaro Uribe; He occupied the seventh line of the list and was elected senator for the period 2014-2018. He took office on July 20, 2014.

During his time as a senator, he was the author of four Laws of the Republic:

  • Law 1822 of 4 January 2017,  which increased maternity leave, 18 which seeks to encourage mothers to spend more time with their newborn children, a benefit that also extends to adoptive mothers.
  • Law 1831 of 2 May  2017, for the installation of defibrillators in public establishments and places of high public influx in order to save lives, as the heart attack is the leading cause of death in Colombia.
  • Law 1809 of 29 September  2016,  for the use of layoffs in educational insurance, so that more families can send their children to the university.
  • Law 1834 of 23 May 2017,  the Orange Law, 22 for the promotion, promotion and protection of the creative and cultural industries.

Iván Duque 2018 Presidential Election

On December 10, 2017, he was elected to as the president for Colombia by the Democratic Center party to represent it for the Presidential elections scheduled for 2018. Duque was elected with a system of polls conducted by his party, elected with 29.47% in front of the other two precandidates, Carlos Holmes Trujillo who obtained 20.15 % and Rafael Nieto, with 20.06%.

In January 2018, it was announced that the centre-right coalition would participate in the Grand Primary for Colombia –an interparty consultation- with Duque as its candidate confronting Marta Lucía Ramírez (civil-centre right movement) and Alejandro Ordóñez (right-wing civil movement). On 11 March 2018, Duque won the primary with more than 4 million votes. Ramírez was second, with just over 1.5 million votes, and Ordóñez made third with 385,000 votes. During his speech, Duque thanked the support of Colombians at the polls and announced Marta Lucía Ramírez as his running mate in the elections.

Iván Duque Márquez President of Colombia

On May 27, 2018, he won the first presidential round with 39.14% of the votes, corresponding to 7,569,633 votes, the highest vote in the history of an early presidential round in Colombia. 27 On June 17, 2018, he won the presidential runoff with 54% of the votes, which correspond to 10 373 080 votes against 8 034 189 of his rival Gustavo Petro, the majority vote in the history of a second presidential round in Colombia. 28

During his campaign, he repeatedly accused the presidential candidate, Gustavo Petro, of being a supporter of ” castrochavism .” 29

Iván Duque Márquez  Literary work

He has been a columnist for the newspapers El Colombiano, Portafolio and El Tiempo, and El País de España. Among the books, he has written the following titles: 31

2007: Monetary sins
2010: Machiavelli in Colombia 13
2013: The orange economy: an infinite opportunity (co-author)
2015: The orange effect
2017: IndignAction
2018: The future is in the centre

Iván Duque Márquez Congratulatory Messages



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