Here's a look at the life of Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
Personal: Birth date: April 8, 1938
Birth place: Kumasi, Ghana
Birth name: Kofi Atta Annan
Father: Henry Reginald Annan, provincial governor in Ghana
Mother: Victoria Annan
Marriages: Nane (Lagergren) Annan (1984-present); Titi Alakija (1965-1983, divorced)
Children: with Nane Lagergren Annan: Nina (stepdaughter); with Titi Alakija: Kojo, July 25, 1973 (son); Ama, November 1969 (daughter)
Education: University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana; Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota. B.A. in economics, 1961; Attended Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales, Geneva, Switzerland, 1961-1962; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan Fellow, M.S. in management, 1971-1972
Other Facts: Is descended from tribal chiefs on both sides of his parents.
Had a twin sister, Efua Atta, who died in 1991. They shared the middle name Atta, which means twin in the Ghanaian language of Akan.
Is fluent in French, English and several African languages.
Studied at Macalester College on a Ford Foundation scholarship.
Spent almost his entire career working for the U.N.
Was the first secretary-general to be elected from the ranks of the United Nations staffers.
Timeline: 1962 - Joins the U.N. as a budget officer with the World Health Organization in Geneva.
1960s-1980s - Serves with various U.N. agencies, including the Economic Commission for Africa, the United Nations Emergency Force and the High Commissioner for Refugees.
1974-1976 - Leaves the U.N. briefly to serve as managing director of the Ghana Tourist Development Company.
1987-1990 - Serves as assistant secretary-general for Human Resources Management and security coordinator for the U.N.
1990-1992 - Serves as assistant secretary-general for Programme Planning, Budget and Finance, and controller.
March 1993-February 1994 - Serves as assistant secretary-general for Peacekeeping Operations.
1994-1995 and April 1996-December 1996 - Serves as under-secretary-general.
December 1996 - Is appointed to be the next secretary-general of the U.N.
January 1, 1997-December 31, 2006 - Serves as the seventh secretary-general of the United Nations.
June 29, 2001 - Is appointed to a second term as secretary-general, beginning January 1, 2002.