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Catching Mitt

"Catching Mitt" Continued...

Issue: "Is Romney rolling?," May 19, 2007

It's a tough balancing act-even for a deft politician like Mitt Romney.

Romney file

Age: 60. Born March 12, 1947, in Detroit, Mich. Son of George Romney, a U.S. auto executive, governor of Michigan, cabinet member, and candidate for president.

Married his high-school sweetheart, Ann Davies, in 1969. Together, they have five sons and 10 grandchildren. Ann Romney was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998.

The Romneys are active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormon Church. He served for 30 months in his late teens as a missionary of that church to France.

Attended Stanford University, then graduated summa cum laude in 1971 from Brigham Young University. In 1975, finished with graduate degrees in law and business from Harvard University.

Served as a business consultant, then took management roles with various investment companies, building a personal net worth estimated at $500 million. Headed the financially troubled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, leading to a fiscally profitable conclusion.

Lost a 1994 race for the U.S. Senate to incumbent Ted Kennedy. Ran successfully for governor of Massachusetts in 2002, but chose not to seek a second term in 2006. Announced his candidacy for president of the United States in January 2007.

Joel Belz
Joel Belz

Joel, WORLD's founder, writes a regular column for the magazine and contributes commentaries for The World and Everything in It. He is also the author of Consider These Things.

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