Currently alive, at 59 years of age.
1956 – José Manuel Durão Barroso was born in Lisbon, 23rd of March.
Graduated in law from the University of Lisbon and has an MSc in Economic.
Finished Social Sciences from the University of Geneva in Switzerland.
1985 – Barroso was named Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
1987-1992 – Elevated to Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
1990 – He was the driving force behind the Bicesse Accords.
1992-1995 – Promoted to the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs.
1995 – Barroso was elected as a representative for Lisbon in the Assembly of the Republic.
– Became chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
1998 – He graduated in Georgetown Leadership Seminar.
1999 – Elected president of his political party, PSD, and thus became Leader of the Opposition.
2002-2004 – Barroso served as Prime Minister of Portugal.
2004 – Barroso resigned to become President-designate of the European Commission.