Lucía Hiriart

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Lucía Hiriart
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First Lady of Chile
In office
11 September 1973 – 11 March 1990
President Augusto Pinochet
Preceded by Hortensia Bussi
Succeeded by Leonor Oyarzún
Personal details
Born María Lucía Hiriart Rodríguez
(1922-12-10) December 10, 1922 (age 99)
Antofagasta, Chile
Nationality Chilean
Augusto Pinochet (1943–2006; his death)
  • Inés Lucía Pinochet
  • María Verónica Pinochet
  • Jacqueline Marie Pinochet
  • Augusto Osvaldo Pinochet
  • Marco Antonio Pinochet
Religion Roman Catholicism
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Lucía Hiriart Rodríguez and members of her family at the funeral of her husband Augusto Pinochet on 12 December 2006.

María Lucía Hiriart Rodríguez (born December 10, 1922), also known as Lucía Hiriart de Pinochet, is the widow of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. She was First Lady of Chile from 1973 to 1990.


Hiriart was born into a wealthy family on 10 December 1922 in Antofagasta to Osvaldo Hiriart Corvalán, a lawyer and former Radical Party senator and former Interior Minister of president Juan Antonio Ríos; and Lucía Rodríguez Auda de Hiriart, of French descent. She is a direct descendant of Dominique Joseph Garat. Hiriart married Chilean army general Augusto Pinochet Ugarte on January 30, 1943. They had five children: three daughters (Inés Lucía, María Verónica, Jacqueline Marie) and two sons (Augusto Osvaldo and Marco Antonio).

In 2005 Hiriart was sued by the Chilean Internal Revenue Service ("Servicio de Impuestos Internos") over tax evasion totaling US$2.35 million and was arrested with son Marco Antonio a few months later. In October 2007, she was arrested again in the frame of the Riggs case, along with Pinochet's five children and 17 other persons (including two generals, one of his ex-lawyer and his ex-secretary) on charges of embezzlement and use of false passports. They are accused of having illegally transferred $27m (£13.2m) to foreign bank accounts during Pinochet's rule.[1][2]


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