1. His Full name is Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias
2. He was born on: July 28, 1954 in Sabaneta, Barinas, Venezuela.
3. Chavez once aspired to be a painter and later dreamed of being a professional baseball player.
4. He is also known by his nicknames El Commandante, Esteban de Jesús and El Mico Mandante.
5. His parents were school teachers
6. He joined Venezuela’s Army in 1975
7. He married twice. First to Marisabel Rodríguez de Chavez (December 1997- 2004, divorce) and then Nancy Colmenares de Chavez who he divorced in mid-1990s
8. He has five children: Rosa Inés, Rosa Virginia, María Gabriela, Hugo Rafael and Raúl Alfonzo
9. Chavez is an avid baseball player.
10. On December 6, 1998 he was elected the youngest president in Venezuela history.
11. He called President Bush the devil! "The devil came here yesterday, and it smells of sulfur still today," to be exact!
12. Oliver Stone's film South of the Border, featuring Chavez, premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Chavez attends the premiere.
13. On June 10, 2011 he underwent surgery for a pelvic abscess in Cuba. In a speech on June 30, 2011 Chavez says that a cancerous tumor was removed during this surgery. He has been fighting cancer ever since.
Hehosts a weekly live television program called Aló Presidente (Hello President), in which he talks about his political ideas, interviews guests, and makes jokes.