Economist and former leader of the Christian Democrat Party who was the Foreign Minister of Chile from 2006 to 2009. He has written over a dozen books on economics and the faulty mechanisms of democracy.
He studied at the Catholic University of Valparaiso and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He served as Minister of Finance from 1990 to 1994.
He married Gisela Tapia Soko and had two chilrden.
He was born in the same country as dictator Augusto Pinochet.