Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias

By: JJ Lopez

Chavez's Love Life

Chávez married twice. He first wed Nancy Colmenares, a woman from a poor family in Chávez's hometown of Sabaneta. Chávez and Colmenares remained married for 18 years, during which time they had three children: Rosa Virginia, María Gabriela, and Hugo Rafael, the latter of whom suffers from behavioural problems. The couple separated soon after Chávez's 1992 coup attempt. During his first marriage, Chávez had an affair with historian Herma Marksman; their relationship lasted nine years. Chávez's second wife was journalist Marisabel Rodriguez de Chavez, whom he separated in 2002 and divorced in 2004.Through that marriage, Chávez had another daughter, Rosinés. Both María and Rosa provided Chávez with grandchildren.

Alo Presidente Show

“I have said it already, I am convinced that the way to build a new and better world is not capitalism. Capitalism leads us straight to hell.” -- Chavez on his weekly "Alo Presidente!" show in 2005

Chavez Quote

"Capitalism is the way of the devil and exploitation. If you really want to look at things through the eyes of Jesus Christ - who I think was the first socialist - only socialism can really create a genuine society."


Born-July 26, 1954~Died-March 5, 2013

After winning his forth term as president in 2012, defeating Henrique Capriles, he was to be sworn in, but the National Assembly of Venezuela agreed to postpone while he was recovering from medical treatment in Cuba, because his cancer had come back, soon after Hugo Chavez died in Caracas.