Felipe González Márquez

Former Prime Minister of Spain

Spain

Considered to be one of the founders of Spanish democracy, Felipe González Márquez served as Prime Minister of Spain between 1982 and 1996. He also holds Colombian citizenship, which he received from President Juan Manuel Santos in 2014 as an expression of gratitude for his support of the Colombian people. In 2000, he was awarded the Carlos V European Award by the European Academy of Yuste Foundation for his contribution to consolidation of democracy in Spain. He also received the Charlemagne Prize in Aachen for his service to the European community. He graduated from the University of Seville’s Faculty of Law.