March 1, 2001
Vicente Fox Quesada is the nearest thing Latin America has to a leader these days. He towers above his peers in the region. He is probably unique in being able to deal with President George W. Bush as an equal. Bush chose to visit Fox at his ranch in Guanajuato on his first foreign trip as president, rather than go to Canada, as tradition dictated. Fox exudes great personal authority. He stands tall in his cowboy boots and has the natural, easy style of a born leader.
Fox also is the leader of a bloodless revolution. His election last July ended 71 years of uninterrupted rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). This was the first time ever in Mexico?s violent history
Part cheerleader, part idealist and all business, Vicente Fox Quesada is convincing Mexico - and the world - that with rationally designed policies, performance targets and a dose of zeal, he can put the country firmly on the road to modernization and growth.