Queen Máxima of the Netherlands (born Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti,17 May 1971) is the wife of King Willem-Alexander.
On 30 April 2013, she became the first Dutch queen consort since Princess Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, the second wife of King William III in 1890.
Queen Máxima is the daughter of Jorge Zorreguieta, Secretary of Agriculture under General Jorge Rafael Videla during Argentina’s last civil-military dictatorship (1976-1983), and his second wife, María del Carmen Cerruti Carricart. She has two brothers, a sister, and three half-sisters by her father’s first wife, Marta López Gil. Her father is a scion of the Zorreguieta family who had been landed gentry, professionals, regional politicians, and statesmen for generations. Her maternal great-grandfather was also from the landed gentry; Domingo Carricart Etchart (1885-1953) was a landowner, politician, Director of the Banco Provincial de Buenos Aires, first mayor of González Chaves, and mayor of Tres Arroyos.
She grew up in the Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires city, and studied at Northlands School, a bilingual school of the city of Olivos. She graduated with a degree in Economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina (UCA) in 1995. This private university is governed by a directory of local bishops, including the current Pope Francis, then Archbishop of Buenos Aires and Grand Chancellor of UCA. During her student years, Francis presided over the traditional Mass at the beginning of classes. She later completed her studies with a Master’s degree in the United States.
From 1989 to 1990, while still in college, she worked for Mercado Abierto Electrónico S.A. From 1992 to 1995, she worked in the sales department of Boston Securities SA in Buenos Aires, where she conducted research on software for financial markets. From July 1996 to February 1998, the current queen Máxima worked for HSBC James Capel Inc. in New York City, where she became vice president of institutional sales for Latin America. From then until July 1999, she was vice president of the emerging markets division of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in New York. From May 2000 to March 2001 she worked in the Deutsche Bank in Brussels. She also worked as an English language teacher to children and adults, and of mathematics for high school students and freshmen.
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