As a handsome young politician named Enrique Peña Nieto ascended at lightning speed from state legislator to president of Mexico, Luis Videgaray was never far from his side.
An MIT-trained economist and onetime investment banker, Videgaray was Peña Nieto’s presidential campaign manager, secretary of finance and closest confidant. With his soft voice and glasses, he was viewed by many as the brains of the operation, the “viceroy” running the show from behind the scenes.
“He was the president’s most trusted advisor,” said political analyst Alejandro Hope. “He has been his intellectual crutch for years."
So it was a...