Maria Belen Shapur is Mark Sanford Mistress (PHOTOS)

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It has been revealed that the Argentine woman who has been involved in a year long affair with South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is Maria Belen Shapur.  She works for Bunge y Born, a multinational agribusiness and grain trading corporation and is fluent in English, Portuguese and Chinese.

Shapur and the governor had known each other for seven years before she became his mistress.  She is 43-years-old, has two sons and lives in a 14th floor apartment building in upscale Palermo District, near the Buenos Aires Zoo.

Sanford held a press conference yesterday, after discovering that the largest newspaper in South Carolina, The State, had incriminating evidence that he had just returned from a five day stay with his mistress in Argentina.  Additional proof of an extra-marital affair includes e-mails from Sanford to his lover.

Sanford is married to Jenny Sanford, a millionaire whose family owns Skil, the power tool company.  See the former Wall Street vice president with the couple's four sons below, as well as photos and video of Maria Belen Shapur - sometimes spelled Chapur.