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Horacio Rodríguez Larreta

Horacio Rodríguez Larreta
Larreta in 2012
Chief of Government of Buenos Aires
In office
10 December 2015 – 10 December 2023
DeputyDiego Santilli
Preceded byMauricio Macri
Succeeded byJorge Macri
Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers of Buenos Aires
In office
10 December 2007 – 10 December 2015
MayorMauricio Macri
Preceded byRaúl Fernández
Succeeded byFelipe Miguel
Personal details
Born (1965-10-29) 29 October 1965 (age 58)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Political party
Other political
Juntos por el Cambio (since 2015)
Bárbara Diez
(m. 2001; sep. 2020)
ResidenceBuenos Aires
  • Economist
  • politician

Horacio Rodríguez Larreta (Spanish pronunciation: [oˈɾasjo roˈðɾiɣes la'reta] ; born 29 October 1965) is an Argentine economist, politician and the former Chief of Government of the City of Buenos Aires. Larreta was re-elected in 2019 with almost 56% of the votes, becoming the first candidate to win a mayoral election in the first round since the adoption of Buenos Aires's autonomous constitution.[1] He won in every comuna, except Comuna 4 and Comuna 8.[2]

Since 2019, he assumed the leadership of the Argentine opposition, Juntos por el Cambio.[3] In February 2023, he announced his candidacy for the presidency in the 2023 general election.[4] He competed against fellow PRO member Patricia Bullrich for the coalition's nomination but lost in the August 2023 primaries with 11% of the vote against Bullrich's 17%.[5]

Early life and education

Larreta was born in Buenos Aires on 29 October 1965. On his father's side, Rodríguez Larreta is of Basque descent; his ancestors were a wealthy landowning family from Gipuzkoa.[6] His father, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta (1934–2004) was a prominent member of the Integration and Development Movement and chairman of Racing Club,[7][8] while his great-uncle, the namesake Horacio Rodríguez Larreta (1871–1935) was Attorney General of Argentina during the presidency of Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear.[9]

Larreta is also descended from the Leloir family, a wealthy family of French Argentines who once owned the lands that are now Parque Leloir, in Ituzaingó, Buenos Aires, and the Unzué family (through Mariano Unzué), former owners of the now-demolished Palacio Unzué.[6] He finished high school at the Escuela Argentina Modelo,[10] and graduated with a degree in economics at the University of Buenos Aires in 1988 and obtained a Master in Business Administration in Harvard Business School. He returned to Argentina in 1993.

Early political career

Rodríguez Larreta's political career began in the Justicialist Party.[11] In 1995, during the presidency of Carlos Menem, he was appointed director of the National Social Security Administration. In 1998 he moved to the Ministry of Social Development. He led the Comprehensive Medical Attention Program in 2000, during the presidency of Fernando de la Rúa. Rodríguez Larreta's administration is credited with improving the financial structure of the organization by imposing budget cuts.[12][13][14]

Republican Proposal

He helped Mauricio Macri to create the political party Commitment to Change, which would eventually become the Republican Proposal (PRO). Macri became Mayor of Buenos Aires and Larreta served as Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers for eight years.

Larreta and Gabriela Michetti ran against each other in the primary elections of PRO Union, a center-right coalition in 2015,[15] with Larreta ultimately winning the party's support for mayorship of Buenos Aires.[16] [17] On 5 July 2015, Larreta won 45% of the vote, forcing a runoff with the leader of center-left Evolution's, Martín Lousteau, who secured 28% of the vote.[18]

Rodríguez Larreta won the ballottage by three points over Lousteau and succeeded Mauricio Macri as Mayor of the City since 2015.[19]

In these elections, PRO was stronger in wealthier northern Buenos Aires, while ECO was stronger in the southern, poorer neighborhoods of the city.[20][21]

Chief of Government of Buenos Aires

Rodríguez Larreta at a press conference

Mauricio Macri was elected President of Argentina in 2015, and Larreta was elected Mayor of Buenos Aires, both for the PRO party.

Rodríguez Larreta with Barack Obama in 2016


Macri transferred a part of the Argentine Federal Police to Buenos Aires, as it had been requested by the city many years before.[22] With the police under his control, Larreta went on to remove the manteros (streetwalk vendors) from the Caballito and Once neighborhoods.[23][24]

In 2017, Larreta formed the Buenos Aires City Police, merging officers from the Federal and Metropolitan police forces.[25]

Public work

Rodríguez Larreta inaugurating a housing complex

During its management, the work of the Paseo del Bajo was started and inaugurated, which is the 7.1-kilometer road corridor that will connect the Illia and Buenos Aires-La Plata highways, the work in question began during January 2017 and the 27 May 2019 shortening the journey from 50 minutes to 10 minutes. It will generate 100,000 square meters of public and green space and improve the circulation of 134,000 daily passengers.

He also inaugurated the work of the Mitre Viaduct, which will raise the Mitre line of the metropolitan train over its current course, enabling new level crossings and eliminating traditional barriers. It is 3.9 km inside the city. The objective of this work is to eliminate the level crossings of the streets Monroe, Blanco Encalada, Mendoza, Juramento, Olazábal, Sucre, La Pampa and Olleros. In addition, 4 safe crossings will be opened on streets that were closed to traffic: Roosevelt, Echeverría and Virrey del Pino, for vehicular traffic, and José Hernández, an exclusive pedestrian crossing.

In 2018, Larreta's government inaugurated a new station on Line H serving the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Law in the Recoleta neighborhood.[26] In mid-2019, the three new stations of the extension of Line E (Correo Central, Catalinas and Retiro), were inaugurated.[27] After 45 years of sustained Subway growth, new subway stations construction was halted in 2018 by his administration [28]

During its first term, 3 viaducts were built, 9 km of underground work of the Vega Stream, 7 stations of subway, 10,000 security cameras, 62.5 km of metrobus extension, 54 new schools, 10,000 new homes, 7 monitoring centers, 46 health centers, the Olympic District was built, the San Martin Theater was reopened, the Corrientes Street, the Youth Olympic Games were held in 2018, neighborhoods were integrated and urbanized and the City became 100% led

Also, he broke a world record selling 267 hectares of Public Lands without consulting their citizens, same as selling 126 "Plazas de Mayo" (May Park) .[29]


Larreta was re-elected in 2019 with almost 56% of the votes, becoming the first candidate to win a mayoral election in the first round since the adoption of Buenos Aires's autonomous constitution.[30] He won in every comuna, except Comuna 4 and Comuna 8.[31]


Rodríguez Larreta with then-mayor Mauricio Macri and SBASE chief Juan Pablo Picardo on a 200 Series train

Rodríguez Larreta announced his cabinet on 3 December, a week before taking office.[32] It is composed of:

  • Felipe Miguel, chief of cabinet of ministers
  • Fernando Straface, general secretary
  • Soledad Acuña, minister of education
  • Ana María Bou Pérez, minister of health
  • Guadalupe Tagliaferri, minister of urban development
  • Leticia Montiel, legal and technical secretary
  • Andrés Freire, minister of modernization
  • Darío Lopérfido, minister of culture
  • Martín Ocampo, minister of justice
  • Eduardo Macchiavelli, minister of public space
  • Franco Moccia, minister of transport
  • Martín Mura, minister of finances
  • Bruno Screnci, minister of government
  • Marcelo Nachón, secretary of media

Personal life

Rodríguez Larreta is married to Bárbara Diez, a wedding planner, since 2001.[33] He and Diez have two daughters, Paloma (born 2003) and Serena (born 2016), while Diez has an older daughter, Manuela, from an earlier marriage.[34] Rodríguez Larreta and Diez have been separated since 2020.[35] In October 2022, he made public his relationship with Milagros Maylin, a public officer in the Buenos Aires City Government and a friend of his daughter's, 20 years his junior.[36][37]

Rodríguez Larreta is a Roman Catholic.[38] He has stated his personal opposition to the legalization of abortion in Argentina.[39][40]

Rodríguez Larreta suffers from essential tremor (ET).[41][42]

Electoral history

Electoral history of Horacio Rodríguez Larreta
Election Office List Votes Result Ref.
Total % P.
2015 1-R Chief of Government of Buenos Aires Republican Proposal 832,619 45.56% 1st → Round 2 [43]
2015 2-R Republican Proposal 861,380 51.64% 1st Elected
2019 Juntos por el Cambio 1,095,013 55.90% 1st Elected [44]
2023 PASO President of Argentina Juntos por el Cambio 2,675,563 11.30% 4th Not elected[a] [45]


  • 1996: Tecnología y competitividad en el Mercosur
  • 1997: Hacia un nuevo sector público
  • 1998: Domando al elefante blanco
  • 1999: El desafío de la igualdad
  • 2004: La reconstrucción del Estado
  • 2005: Cómo superar el default social
  • 2006: El país que queremos


  1. ^ Lost in the coalition's internal election.


  1. ^ "Elecciones 2019 en CABA: Horacio Rodríguez Larreta sacó el 55% de los votos y ganó en primera vuelta". Clarín. 27 October 2019.
  2. ^ Rosemberg, Jaime (28 October 2019). "Elecciones 2019: un triunfo aplastante proyecta a Larreta como el referente nacional de la oposición". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Horacio Rodríguez Larreta: El alcalde de Buenos Aires desobedece un decreto del presidente Fernández y asume el liderazgo de la oposición argentina | Internacional | EL PAÍS". 21 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Rodríguez Larreta se lanzó con un video grabado en Santa Cruz y un mensaje anti-grieta: "Quiero ser buen Presidente"" [Rodríguez Larreta jumps with a video recorded in Santa Cruz and with a anti-rift message: “I want to be a good President“] (in Spanish). Infobae. 23 February 2023. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  5. ^ "Cámara Nacional Electoral". Retrieved 14 August 2023.
  6. ^ a b "Larreta y su alta alcurnia oligárquica". Vamos por la Liberación (in Spanish). 6 August 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2023.
  7. ^ Di Marco, Laura (2 September 2007). "Horacio Rodriguez Larreta: "Contamos con el respaldo que nos dio la gente"". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  8. ^ Fontevecchia, Jorge (7 December 2017). "Larreta: "Mi viejo estuvo desaparecido en la última dictadura"". Perfil (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  9. ^ Pertot, Werner (27 April 2015). "Siempre con la proa hacia la derecha". Página/12 (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  10. ^ "El Newman: del rugby a la política, la escuela del dinero y el poder," El Observada, 3 July 2016 (Retrieved 3 July 2016)
  11. ^ "Un técnico del PJ, elegido por la Alianza". La Nación (in Spanish). 14 December 1999. Retrieved 20 January 2023.
  12. ^ Walter Curia (5 May 1998). "Un equipo con sello menemista" [A team with a menemist seal] (in Spanish). Clarín. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  13. ^ Mariano Pérez de Eulat (2 December 2000). "Renunció al PAMI el interventor que pertenece al PJ" [The interventor that belongs to the PJ resigned to the PAMI] (in Spanish). Clarín. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  14. ^ "PAMI: apoyo de diputados del PJ". La Nación (in Spanish). 16 February 2000. Retrieved 20 January 2023.
  15. ^ "Macri apoya a Larreta". Clarín. 28 January 2015.
  16. ^ "Horacio Rodríguez Larreta venció a Gabriela Michetti y el PRO obtenía más de 47 puntos". La Nación. 26 April 2015. Archived from the original on 28 April 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  17. ^ "La distancia entre Horacio Rodríguez Larreta y Gabriela Michetti fue mucho mayor de lo que se esperaba" [The distance between Horacio Rodríguez Larreta and Gabriela Michetti was bigger than expected]. La Nación (in Spanish). 27 April 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  18. ^ "Larreta se impuso por amplio margen en la Ciudad, pero irá a balotaje con Lousteau". (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  19. ^ "La derecha gana por solo tres puntos la alcaldía de Buenos Aires". BBC Mundo. 20 July 2015.
  20. ^ Mapa de resultados ballottage Archived 23 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine – La Nacion, 19 July 2015.
  21. ^ "PRO's Rodriguez Larreta elected Buenos Aires city mayor in tight runoff". Archived from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  22. ^ "Mauricio Macri transfirió parte de la Policía Federal a la Ciudad". La Nación (in Spanish). 5 January 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  23. ^ "Megaoperativo policial contra manteros en Caballito". La Nación (in Spanish). 29 January 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  24. ^ "Antes y después: cómo quedó Once sin los manteros". La Nación (in Spanish). 18 January 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  25. ^ "Entró en funciones la nueva Policía de la Ciudad". Télam (in Spanish). 2 January 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  26. ^ "Se inauguró la estación Facultad de Derecho". (in Spanish). 17 May 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  27. ^ "Las tres estaciones nuevas del subte E: Correo Central, Catalinas y Retiro". El Economista (in Spanish). 3 June 2019. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  28. ^ "De "10 kilómetros de Subte por año" a ninguna estación en obra". En el Subte (in Spanish). 4 June 2019.
  29. ^ "Rodríguez Larreta batió el récord de privatización de tierras públicas en la Ciudad". Perfil (in Spanish). 11 December 2019.
  30. ^ "Arrasó Larreta en histórico triunfo porteño, que alivia ahora transición". Ámbito (in Spanish). 28 October 2019. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  31. ^ Rosemberg, Jaime (28 October 2019). "Elecciones 2019: un triunfo aplastante proyecta a Larreta como el referente nacional de la oposición". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  32. ^ "La foto del gabinete de Horacio Rodríguez Larreta: quién es quién" [The photo of the cabinet of Horacio Rodríguez Larreta: who is who]. La Nación (in Spanish). 3 December 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  33. ^ "Quién es Bárbara Diez, la esposa de Horacio Rodríguez Larreta". La Nación (in Spanish). 14 December 2020. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  34. ^ "Quién es Bárbara Diez, la mujer de Horacio Rodríguez Larreta". Clarín (in Spanish). 13 December 2020. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  35. ^ Güiraldes, María (3 November 2021). "A casi un año de su separación. Bárbara Diez, ex de Rodríguez Larreta, participó de una muestra de arte y recibió "una ola de amor inesperada"". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  36. ^ "Quién es Milagros Maylin, la pareja de Horacio Rodríguez Larreta". Infobae (in Spanish). 13 October 2022. Retrieved 13 October 2022.
  37. ^ "Quién es Milagros Maylin, la funcionaria porteña y novia de Horacio Rodríguez Larreta". El Litoral (in Spanish). 13 October 2022. Retrieved 13 October 2022.
  38. ^ "Fuerte gesto de Larreta a la Iglesia: "Consagro mi gestión al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús"". Noticias (in Spanish). 10 July 2018. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  39. ^ "Aborto: el Ejecutivo porteño promulgó la adhesión al ILE con anexos polémicos". Página/12 (in Spanish). 5 August 2020. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  40. ^ "Aborto legal 2020: qué piensan Macri, Vidal, Larreta y el resto de Juntos por el Cambio". El Cronista (in Spanish). 17 November 2020. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  41. ^ "Horacio Rodríguez Larreta: "No tengo mal de Parkinson"". Infobae (in Spanish). 8 September 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  42. ^ "Qué es el temblor esencial, el trastorno de Horacio Rodríguez Larreta". Infobae (in Spanish). 8 September 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  43. ^ "Elecciones 2015". (in Spanish). Tribunal Superior de Justicia de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  44. ^ "Elecciones 2019" (PDF). (in Spanish). Tribunal Superior de Justicia de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  45. ^ "Elecciones 2023" (in Spanish). Dirección Nacional Electoral. 14 August 2023. Retrieved 18 August 2023.
Political offices Preceded byMauricio Macri Chief of Government of Buenos Aires 2015–2023 Succeeded byJorge Macri
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