Famous Portuguese Political Leaders

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Roman Abramovich
(Owner of Chelsea F.C. Owner of Millhouse Capital Owner of Evraz)

Roman Abramovich
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Birthdate: October 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saratov, Russia

Roman Abramovich is an Israeli-Russian businessman and politician. Over the years, he has played an influential role as the primary owner of Millhouse LLC and as the owner of the popular Premier League football club Chelsea F.C. Roman Abramovich is one of the richest persons in the world and has donated over US$2.5 billion to various charitable causes between 1999 and 2013.

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António Guterres
(9th Secretary-General of the United Nations)

António Guterres
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Birthdate: April 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lisbon

António Guterres is a Portuguese diplomat and politician who served as Portugal's prime minister from 1995 to 2002. A favorite among the masses, Guterres was ranked the best prime minister of Portugal over the last 30 years in polls conducted in 2012 and 2014. In 2009, he was named in Forbes magazine's list of world's most powerful people

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António Costa
(Prime Minister of Portugal)

António Costa
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Birthdate: July 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

António Costa is a Portuguese politician and lawyer. He is the current Prime Minister of Portugal, serving his second consecutive term. An important and influential politician, Costa has also held various ministerial offices apart from serving as the Mayor of Lisbon from 2007 to 2015. In 2017, the Government of India honored António Costa with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman. 

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Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
(Politician, University teacher, Journalist)

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
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Birthdate: December 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lisbon

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is a Portuguese academic and politician. He is the current President of Portugal, serving his second consecutive term. An influential politician, Marcelo has served as the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Leader of the Opposition, and President of the Social Democratic Party. He has also worked as a legal scholar, political analyst, journalist, and law professor.

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Afonso de Albuquerque
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Birthdate: 1453 AD
Birthplace: Vila Franca de Xira
Died: December 16, 1515

Afonso de Albuquerque was a Portuguese statesman, admiral, and general. A fierce military commander, Albuquerque expanded the influence of the Portuguese across the Indian Ocean while serving as the viceroy of the Portuguese State of India from 1509 to 1515. Afonso de Albuquerque's military brilliance in the initial Portuguese campaigns helped Portugal to become the first intercontinental empire in history. 

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Maria II of Portugal
(Queen of Portugal)

Maria II of Portugal
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Birthdate: April 4, 1819
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paço de São Cristóvão, Brazil
Died: November 15, 1853

Maria II of Portugal was the Queen of Portugal from 2 May 1826 to 23 June 1828. She reigned as the queen once again from 1834 until her death in 1853 at the age of 34 due to complications during her 11th delivery.

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José Manuel Barroso
(Politician, President)

José Manuel Barroso
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Birthdate: March 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lisbon

José Manuel Barroso is a Portuguese university teacher and politician best known for his service as the Prime Minister of Portugal from 6 April 2002 to 17 July 2004. He has also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Leader of the Opposition, and President of the European Commission. Barroso is the current non-executive chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group.

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António de Oliveira Salazar
(Former Acting President of Portugal)

António de Oliveira Salazar
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Birthdate: April 28, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vimieiro (Santa Comba Dão), Portugal
Died: July 27, 1970
Portuguese economist António de Oliveira Salazar had been the prime minister of Portugal from 1932 to 1968. He had also been the minister of defense and finance, among others. He led to the Estado Novo, or New State, in Portugal. He opposed Nazism and fascism, and demilitarized his country.

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Afonso I of Portugal
(Sovereign, Warrior)

Afonso I of Portugal
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Birthdate: July 25, 1109
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guimarães Castle, Guimaraes, Portugal
Died: December 6, 1185

Afonso I of Portugal reigned as the first king of Portugal from 26 July 1139 until his death on 6 December 1185. He played an important role in freeing the County of Portugal, founding a new kingdom, and expanding its area to more than double of its original size.       

Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza
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Birthdate: May 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland

Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza is the head of the Most Serene House of Braganza and in this capacity a claimant to the now-defunct Portuguese throne. As one of the most important figures within the European network of royal houses, Duarte Pio often attends royal events all over the world.

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Peter I of Portugal
(King of Portugal from 1357 to 1367)

Peter I of Portugal
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Birthdate: April 8, 1320
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Coimbra, Portugal
Died: January 18, 1367

Peter I of Portugal reigned as the King of Portugal from 28 May 1357 until his death on 18 January 1367. He is best remembered as a just king who perhaps believed in the eye for an eye principle.

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Aníbal Cavaco Silva
(Economist, Politician, University teacher)

Aníbal Cavaco Silva
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Birthdate: July 15, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boliqueime

Aníbal Cavaco Silva is a Portuguese economist and politician. He is best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Portugal from 1985 to 1995. He also served as the President of Portugal from 2006 to 2016. Aníbal Cavaco Silva is also renowned for leading his country into the European Union.

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Mário Soares
(Politician, Lawyer)

Mário Soares
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Birthdate: December 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lisbon
Died: January 7, 2017

Mário Soares was a Portuguese politician remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Portugal on two occasions; he served as the prime minister from 1976 to 1978 and again from 1983 to 1985. He also served as the President of Portugal from 1986 to 1996. Soares also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs between 1974 and 1978.

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Francisco de Almeida
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Birthdate: 1450 AD
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: March 1, 1510

Francisco de Almeida was a Portuguese nobleman, explorer, and soldier. He served as a counsellor to John II of Portugal and played an important role during the conquest of Granada and in the battles against the Moors. Francisco de Almeida also served as the first viceroy and governor of Portuguese India in the early 1500s.

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Pedro Passos Coelho
(Economist, Politician, Entrepreneur)

Pedro Passos Coelho
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Birthdate: July 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Coimbra

Pedro Passos Coelho is a Portuguese university guest lecturer and politician. He is best known for his service as the Prime Minister of Portugal from 21 June 2011 to 26 November 2015. Pedro Passos Coelho is also known for his service as a teacher at prestigious institutions like the Lusiada University and the University of Lisbon.

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José Sócrates
(Prime Minister of Portugal from 2005 to 2011)

José Sócrates
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Birthdate: September 6, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miragaia, Porto, Portugal

José Sócrates is a Portuguese politician best known for his service as the Prime Minister of Portugal from 12 March 2005 to 21 June 2011. Sócrates has also served as the Minister of the Environment and Minister of Social Infrastructure. In 2014, he became the first former Portuguese Prime Minister to be accused of corruption, money laundering, and tax evasion.

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Maria Pia of Savoy
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Birthdate: October 16, 1847
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Royal Palace, Turin, Sardinia
Died: July 5, 1911

Maria Pia of Savoy was an Italian princess who became the Queen of Portugal after marrying King Luís I of Portugal in 1862. She was the third queen to represent the House of Savoy. Maria Pia is best remembered for her compassion and charitable works. She was often referred to as the mother of the poor and angel of charity.

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Óscar Carmona
(Statesman)

Óscar Carmona
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Birthdate: November 24, 1869
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: April 18, 1951

Óscar Carmona was a Portuguese politician and army officer best remembered for his service as the President of Portugal from 29 November 1926 to 18 April 1951. He also served as the Prime Minister of Portugal from 1926 to 1928. Óscar Carmona also held a couple of ministerial positions, such as the Minister of War and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Jorge Sampaio
(18th President of Portugal from 1996 to 2006)

Jorge Sampaio
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Birthdate: September 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: September 10, 2021

Jorge Sampaio was a Portuguese lawyer and politician. He is best remembered for his service as the President of Portugal from 9 March 1996 to 9 March 2006. Sampaio played a major role in Portugal relinquishing its last Asian territory, Macau, which was given to China. Jorge Sampaio was honored with several prestigious awards like the Charles V European Award.

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Francisco da Costa Gomes
(Military Officer)

Francisco da Costa Gomes
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Birthdate: June 30, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chaves, Portugal
Died: July 31, 2001

Francisco da Costa Gomes was a Portuguese politician and military officer. He is best remembered for his service as the President of Portugal from 30 September 1974 to 13 July 1976. Francisco da Costa Gomes was honored with the prestigious Field Marshal military rank in 1982.

Balthasar Charles, Prince of Asturias
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Birthdate: October 17, 1629
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Royal Alcazar of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Died: October 9, 1646

Balthasar Charles, Prince of Asturias was the son of King Philip IV and Elisabeth of France. He was the heir apparent to all the dominions, kingdoms, and states of the Spanish monarchy until his demise in 1646 at the age of 16. Throughout his life, Prince Balthasar Charles was the subject of many of Velázquez's paintings.

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Bruno Macaes
(Politician)

Bruno Macaes
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Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Portugal

Bruno Macaes is a Portuguese author, consultant, and politician. He is best known for his service as the Secretary of State for European Affairs during the worst period of Portugal's financial crisis in the 2010s. Bruno Macaes also contributes as a columnist for publications like New Statesman.

Adam Lindsay Gordon
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Birthdate: October 19, 1833
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Faial Island, Portugal
Died: June 24, 1870

Adam Lindsay Gordon was a British-Australian poet, police officer, and politician. He attended the Royal Grammar School Worcester as a boy. At the behest of his father, he became a police officer, also dabbling in politics later on. He gained a reputation as a poet as well. His personal life was deeply troubled and he shot himself in 1870. 

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Marta Temido
(Politician)

Marta Temido
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Birthdate: March 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Coimbra, Portugal

Marta Temido is a Portuguese politician and the current Minister of Health. Prior to her political career, Temido held many important positions in several medical institutions and hospitals. Marta Temido played an important role in Portugal during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Almeida Garrett
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Birthdate: February 4, 1799
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Porto, Portugal
Died: December 9, 1854

Almeida Garrett was a Portuguese poet, playwright, novelist, orator, journalist, and politician. He is widely regarded as the most important figure of Portuguese Romanticism. Garrett was also a humanist and great revolutionary. A peer of the realm, Almeida Garrett proposed the creation of the Conservatory of Dramatic Art and the construction of the Queen Maria II National Theatre.

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Teófilo Braga
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Birthdate: February 24, 1843
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Died: January 28, 1924

Teófilo Braga was a Portuguese writer, politician, and playwright. He is best remembered for his service as the second elected president of Portugal from 29 May to 5 October 1915. An adherent of Positivism, Teófilo Braga is credited with establishing a magazine called O Positivismo along with noted physician and psychiatrist Júlio de Matos.   

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Joseph Nasi
(Statesman)

Joseph Nasi
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Birthdate: 1524 AD
Birthplace: Portugal
Died: 1579 AD

Joseph Nasi was a Portuguese diplomat and administrator. A prominent personality in the Ottoman Empire, Nasi made important contributions during the rules of Sultan Suleiman I and Selim II. A Court Jew, Joseph Nasi was made Lord of Tiberias in a failed attempt to resettle Jews in Palestine.

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Eleanor of Viseu
(Politician)

Eleanor of Viseu
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Birthdate: May 2, 1458
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beja, Portugal
Died: November 17, 1525

Eleanor of Viseu was a Portuguese princess who later served as queen consort of Portugal. Eleanor is regarded as one of Portugal's most notable queens consort and is credited with founding the city of Caldas da Rainha. Eleanor of Viseu commissioned a translation of Speculum vitae Christi into Portuguese and is thus credited with introducing the printing press to Portugal.

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Paulo Portas
(Television presenter, Politician, Journalist)

Paulo Portas
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Birthdate: September 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lisbon

Paulo Portas is a Portuguese political and media figure. He has been one of the country's leading conservative politicians since the 1990s. Portas has served many important positions such as the Minister of National Defence and Deputy Prime Minister of Portugal.

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Marcelo Caetano
(Politician)

Marcelo Caetano
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Birthdate: August 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Graça, Lisbon, Portugal
Died: October 26, 1980

Marcelo Caetano was a Portuguese scholar and politician. Best remembered as the second leader of the Estado Novo, an authoritarian regime in Portugal, Caetano served as the Prime Minister of Portugal from 1968 until 1974 when the Estado Novo was overthrown during the Carnation Revolution. 

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Álvaro Cunhal
(Revolutionary)

Álvaro Cunhal
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Birthdate: November 10, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Coimbra, Portugal
Died: June 13, 2005

Álvaro Cunhal was a Portuguese politician and communist revolutionary. He is best remembered for opposing the dictatorial regime of the Portuguese corporatist state, Estado Novo. Álvaro Cunhal is also remembered for his service as the Portuguese Communist Party's secretary-general from 31 March 1961 to 5 December 1992. 

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Karl Nesselrode
(Diplomat)

Karl Nesselrode
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Birthdate: December 13, 1780
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: March 23, 1862

Karl Nesselrode was a Russian German diplomat remembered for his service as the Foreign Minister of the Russian Empire from 1816 to 1856. Nesselrode played a major role during the negotiations with the USA, which defined the boundary between the Oregon Country and Russian America; Nesselrode was a plenipotentiary during the negotiations that culminated in the Russo-American Treaty of 1824.

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Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo
(Chemical engineer)

Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo
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Birthdate: January 18, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Abrantes, Portugal
Died: July 10, 2004

Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo was a Portuguese politician and chemical engineer. In 1979, she became the first woman to be elected as the Prime Minister of Portugal. She is only the second woman after Margaret Thatcher to hold the office of the prime minister in Western Europe. Maria also served as the Minister of Social Affairs from 1974 to 1975. 

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Marisa Matias
(Politician)

Marisa Matias
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Birthdate: February 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sé Nova, Coimbra, Portugal

Marisa Matias is a Portuguese sociologist and politician. One of the most important members of the Left Bloc party, Matias ran for the presidential elections in 2016. She finished third, the best result achieved by a woman in the country. Since 2009, Marisa Matias has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament.

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Manuel de Arriaga
(Politician and Lawyer)

Manuel de Arriaga
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Birthdate: July 8, 1840
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Horta, Portugal
Died: March 5, 1917

Manuel de Arriaga was a Portuguese lawyer and politician. He is best remembered for serving as the first President of Portugal from 1911 to 1915. He also served as the first attorney-general of the First Portuguese Republic.

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Rui Moreira
(Politician, Businessman)

Rui Moreira
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Birthdate: August 8, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Porto, Portugal

Rui Moreira is a Portuguese politician and businessman. Since 2013, he has been serving as the Mayor of Porto, after having been re-elected for a third consecutive term in September 2021. Prior to his political career, Rui Moreira was a competitive sailor. He has represented Portugal and has won several youth and senior titles.

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Ana Gomes
(Diplomat, Politician)

Ana Gomes
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Birthdate: February 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

Ana Gomes is a Portuguese politician and former diplomat. She played an important role in the events leading up to the independence for East Timor, which was under the control of the Portuguese for many years. From 2000 to 2003, Ana Gomes served as the Portuguese Ambassador to Indonesia, re-establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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Joao Leao
(Economist, university professor, and politician.)

Joao Leao
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Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal

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Vasco Gonçalves
(Army Officer)

Vasco Gonçalves
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Birthdate: May 3, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: June 11, 2005

Vasco Gonçalves was a Portuguese army officer best remembered for his participation in the Carnation Revolution, which ended the Estado Novo regime in Portugal. He then went on to serve as the Prime Minister of Portugal from 1974 to 1975. An influential politician, Vasco Gonçalves also served as the Minister of Education and Culture in 1974.

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Joao Maria Ferreira do Amaral
(Politician, Military personnel)

Joao Maria Ferreira do Amaral
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Birthdate: March 4, 1803
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: August 22, 1849

Joao Maria Ferreira do Amaral was a Portuguese politician and military officer. He was assassinated in 1849 by several Chinese men while he was serving as the Governor of Macau. His assassination triggered the Battle of Passaleão between China and Portugal.

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José Pereira Coutinho
(Member of the Legislative Assembly of Macau)

José Pereira Coutinho
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Birthdate: July 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Macau, Portugal

José Francisco Trindade Coelho
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Birthdate: June 18, 1861
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mogadouro, Portugal
Died: August 18, 1908

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Alfredo Nobre da Costa
(Prime Minister of Portugal (28 August 1978 – 22 November 1978))

Alfredo Nobre da Costa
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Birthdate: September 10, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: February 4, 1996

Alfredo Nobre da Costa was a Portuguese politician and engineer. He is best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Portugal for a brief period in 1978. He also served as the Minister of Industry and Technology from 1977 to 1978.

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Ho Yin
(Politician)

Ho Yin
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Birthdate: December 2, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Panyu, Guangdong, Qing Dynasty
Died: December 6, 1983

Ho Yin was a politician, businessman, and one of the most important leaders of the Chinese community in Macau. He served as a prominent diplomatic intermediary between the Estado Novo regime in Portugal and China. Ho Yin's work and efforts led to the Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration in 1987. 

João Carlos de Saldanha Oliveira e Daun, 1st Duke of Saldanha
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Birthdate: November 17, 1790
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Azinhaga, Portugal
Died: November 20, 1876

João Carlos de Saldanha Oliveira e Daun, 1st Duke of Saldanha was a Portuguese statesman and marshal. From 1820 until his death in 1876, Saldanha was one of the most influential personalities of politics and war in Portugal. He also played an important role in the Liberal Wars and served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1825.

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Joaquim Augusto Mouzinho de Albuquerque
(Politician, Military personnel)

Joaquim Augusto Mouzinho de Albuquerque
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Birthdate: November 12, 1855
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Batalha, Portugal
Died: January 8, 1902

Joaquim Augusto Mouzinho de Albuquerque was a Portuguese cavalry officer best remembered for his service as the Governor-General of Portuguese Mozambique from 1896 to 1897. He helped Portugal annex Mozambique by defeating and capturing the tribal king Gungunhana in 1895.  

Luís de Vasconcelos e Sousa, 3rd Count of Castelo Melhor
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Birthdate: 1636 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of Portugal
Died: August 15, 1720

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Antonio Ng
(Member of the Legislative Assembly)

Antonio Ng
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Birthdate: September 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nanhai, Guangdong, China

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Artur Ivens Ferraz
(99th Prime Minister of Portugal, Military personnel)

Artur Ivens Ferraz
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Birthdate: December 1, 1870
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: January 16, 1933

Artur Ivens Ferraz was a Portuguese politician and military officer. He played an important role during the First World War when he was part of the Portuguese Expeditionary Force that fought in the Western Front. Artur Ivens Ferraz is perhaps best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Portugal from 1929 to 1930.

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António Lopes dos Santos
(Governor of Macau)

António Lopes dos Santos
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Birthdate: December 28, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: May 11, 2009

António Lopes dos Santos was a Portuguese colonial administrator and army general. He played an important role before and after the Carnation Revolution, during which he held top military posts. António Lopes dos Santos is best remembered for his service as the Governor of Macau from 1962 to 1966 and as the governor of Cape Verde from 1969 to 1974.