And when did he assume office?
Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Berrocal, is the 49th President of the Republic of Panama. President Martinelli, 57, is a Panamanian businessman who made his fortune with one of the country’s biggest supermarket chains, Panama’s Super 99. He chairs two other companies and is a board member on another eight. President Martinelli assumed the presidential office July 1, 2009 and is set to serve a five-year term. On a personal level, President Martinelli was born in Panama City, educated at the University of Arkansas, in the United States, and is married with three children.