First lady Angelica Rivera’s Mexico City mansion is the focus of media reports this week as Mexico deals with the disappearance and presumed murders of 43 students.
The house, worth an estimated $7 million, was built between 2010 and 2012 in the Mexican capital’s upscale Lomas de Chapultepec district by the Higa company, the Artistegui Noticias site reported.
The mansion has 1,414 square meters (or 15,200 square feet) of space and is situated on a lot acquired from Armando Hinojosa, a businessman who owns Higa and has long-standing ties to Peña Nieto.
Higa was the recipient of several public works contracts when President Enrique Peña Nieto served as governor of Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area.
The mansion is guarded by the presidential security service personnel and its title is registered to Ingeniería Inmobiliaria del Centro, a unit of Higa, Artistegui News said.
Rivera owns the mansion and she purchased the property with money she earned during her successful career as a soap opera actress, government spokesman Eduardo Sanchez said.
Peña Nieto and Rivera agreed to keep their assets separate when they married in 2010, and the first lady has no obligation to report her assets because she is not a government official, Sanchez said.
Media reports about the first lady’s mansion have raised questions as to how an actress could amass enough money to acquire such a residence. The first lady starred in numerous telenovelas, including “Destilando amor”, a hit soap opera based on the Colombian soap “Café con aroma de mujer”.
Rivera said in a 2013 interview with a romance magazine that the first family plans to live in the so-called “white house” until Peña Nieto’s six-year term ends in 2018.