Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo

The Most Excellent
The Marquis of Ría de Ribadeo
Visita de Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo a El Puerto de Santa María (centered).jpg
Prime Minister of Spain
In office
25 February 1981 – 1 December 1982
MonarchJuan Carlos I
DeputyRodolfo Martín Villa
Juan Antonio García Díez
Preceded byAdolfo Suárez
Succeeded byFelipe González
Second Deputy Prime Minister of Spain
In office
9 September 1980 – 25 February 1981
Prime MinisterAdolfo Suárez
Preceded byFernando Abril Martorell
Succeeded byJuan Antonio García Díez
Minister of Economy
In office
9 September 1980 – 25 February 1981
Prime MinisterAdolfo Suárez
Preceded byFernando Abril Martorell
Succeeded byJosé Luis Leal Maldonado
Minister for Relations with the European Communities
In office
25 February 1978 – 9 September 1980
Prime MinisterAdolfo Suárez
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byEduardo Punset
Minister of Public Works
In office
4 July 1976 – April 1977
Prime MinisterAdolfo Suárez
Preceded byAntonio Valdés
Succeeded byLuis Ortiz González
Minister of Commerce
In office
13 December 1975 – 6 July 1976
Prime MinisterCarlos Arias Navarro
Preceded byJosé Luis Cerón Ayuso
Succeeded byJosé Lladó
Personal details
BornLeopoldo Ramón Pedro Calvo-Sotelo y Bustelo
(1926-04-14)14 April 1926
Madrid, Spain
Died3 May 2008(2008-05-03) (aged 82)
Pozuelo de Alarcón, Spain
Resting placeRibadeo Cemetery, Galicia, Spain
Political partyUnion of the Democratic Centre
Spouse(s)María del Pilar Ibáñez-Martín Mellado
ChildrenLeopoldo (b. 1957)
Juan (b. 1958)
María del Pilar (b. 1959)
Pedro (b. 1960)
Víctor María (b. 1961)
José María (b. 1964)
Andrés (b. 1965)
Pablo (b. 1965)

Leopoldo Ramón Pedro Calvo-Sotelo y Bustelo, 1st Marquis of Ría de Ribadeo, GE, OCIII, OCM (Spanish pronunciation: [leoˈpoldo ˈkalβosoˈtelo i βusˈtelo]; 14 April 1926 – 3 May 2008), known as Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo was Prime Minister of Spain between 1981 and 1982.


Calvo-Sotelo was born into a prominent political family in Madrid on 14 April 1926 with his father, Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo,[1] as the writer and his mother, Mercedes Bustelo Márquez.[2] His uncle, José Calvo Sotelo, was the finance minister under Miguel Primo de Rivera.[2] Calvo-Sotelo graduated as a civil engineer from the School of Civil Engineers of Madrid now part of the Technical University of Madrid, working in the area of applications of chemistry to the industry.[2]

He was the president of RENFE (the Spanish national railroad network) between 1967 and 1968. Calvo-Sotelo was elected solicitor (Deputy) of Franco's Cortes, representing industrialists in the Union of Chemical Industries, in 1971.[2] A monarchist, Sotelo was one of the founders of an association of politicians, mostly of Rightists and Center Rightists, which disguised as the Fedisa publishing firm helped Spain's peaceful transition into democracy.[2]

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