Hugo versus Hugo: Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez speaks with father Hugo de los Reyes Chavez at the National Assembly in Caracas in August 2007. It's doubtful that the son inherited his trademark fiery politics and public persona from his dad; a former schoolteacher, Hugo Sr. had a comparably mild-mannered political and policy-making career as a regional director of education and prominent member of the Social Christian Party. As he rose to power, Chavez Jr. took his father with him, facilitating his old man's ascension to governor of the state of Barinas. Still, their relationship has been strained: as a youth, Chavez Jr. rebelled against his father's party of "Venezuela's rotten elite" and lived with his grandmother for most of his childhood. Today, it is Fidel Castro whom Chavez Jr. most famously calls his "father."
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