Juliana Awada, First Lady of Argentina (Wife of Mauricio Macri)
Juliana Awada Baker (born 3 April 1974) is an Argentine businesswoman of Lebanese and Syrian descent. She is married to the elected President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri and will be the First Lady of Argentina.
Awada was born in Buenos Aires on 3 April 1974, the daughter of Ibrahim Awada, a Lebanese Muslim immigrant native of Baalbek, and Elsa Esther “Pomi” Baker, daughter of Syrian Muslim immigrants. She is the sister of entrepreneurs Zoraida and Daniel Awada, artist Leila Awada, and actor Alejandro Awada.
During her childhood and adolescence, she repeatedly traveled with her mother to Europe and the United States, mainly to cities of Paris, London and New York, looking for fashion collections. After completing her secondary education at an English school of bilingual education located in Belgrano, Buenos Aires, the now defunct Chester College, she honed her knowledge of that language at Oxford University.
As soon as she returned to Argentina, she was actively involved in the family business, a textile company forged by her father since the 1960s. Juliana met today president Mauricio Macri in the Ocampo gym, located in Barrio Parque, Buenos Aires and they began a relationship in 2009. They wed on 16 November 2010 and have one daughter.
In an interview with “La Nacion” newspaper in 2012, she stated that her father is a Liberal Muslim, who did not object the marriage of one of his daughters to a Christian and the other to a Jew.