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A Former NYC Investment Banker Is Poised To Become President Of Peru

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JP Carroll National Security & Foreign Affairs Reporter

A former New York City investment banker who owns a red Porsche and a Miami condo in the exclusive Coconut Grove neighborhood is probably going to be the next president of Peru after Sunday’s election.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, was born in Peru and is the son of Jewish refugees. Kuczynski, a former Prime Minister of Peru from 2005 to 2006, is in the lead with 50.32 percent, against former Congresswoman Keiko Fujiomri who has 49.68 percent of the vote with 91 percent of ballots having been officially tallied. Kuczynski is an economist and investment banker who worked for The World Bank in Washington D.C. before joining CS First Boston, now Credit Suisse, on Wall Street.

In 1995, Kuczynski left CS First Boston as a Managing Director and founded a $150 million fund with multiple major investors including the Bank of America. Before moving to Miami, Kuczynski split his time between Washington D.C. where his first wife and three kids lived and New York City where he worked.

According to public property records, Kaczynski owns a swanky home in pricey Northwestern Washington D.C. The home is estimated to be worth between $4.5 million and $5.5 million.

Kuczynski was a U.S. citizen from May 1999 to November 2015. The presidential candidate renounced his citizenship so that no one would object to his running for president due to his having been a dual U.S.-Peruvian citizen.

Nancy, the contender’s wife, is an American and would be the first American First Lady of Peru if he is elected. The National Office of Electoral Processing, (ONPE is its Spanish acronym), has stated that a final election tally will come out at the end of the week.

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