Michael Portillo Biography – British journalist and politician, Michael Denzil Xavier Portillo was born May 26, 1953, in Bushey, Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom.
|Name:||Michael Denzil Xavier Portillo|
|Wife:||Carolyn Claire Eadie|
|Date of Birth:||May 26, 1953|
|Net Worth:||$9 million|
Michael Portillo Nationality
Portillo was born in Bushey, Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. He is British.
Michael Portillo Age
Portillo was born on May 26, 1953, hence he is currently 70 years of age as of 2023.
Michael Portillo’s Height and Weight
Portillo stands at a height of 5ft 8 inches and weighs 63kg.
Michael Portillo’s Family and Siblings
Portillo was born to Cora Waldegrave de Portillo and Luis Gabriel Portillo. He has three older brothers.
Michael Portillo’s Educational Background
Portillo attended Stanburn Primary School in Stanmore, Greater London, and Harrow County School for Boys. He furthered at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he studied history.
Michael Portillo Career
Portillo broadcast series include railway documentaries such as Great British Railway Journeys and Great Continental Railway Journeys.
He served as a member of parliament (MP) for Kensington and Chelsea from 1999 to 2005 and as a member of the Conservative Party from 1984 to 1997.
After attending Peterhouse, Portillo graduated with a first-class degree in history from the University of Cambridge. Before beginning his career in 1976 as a graduate trainee with the Conservative Research Department, he worked for the transportation company Ocean Group plc.
After winning a by-election in 1984 to join the House of Commons, Portillo worked as a junior minister for both Margaret Thatcher and John Major before becoming the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and joining the Cabinet in 1992.
In 1994, he received a promotion to Secretary of State for Employment. Thatcherite and Euroskeptic, he was thought to be Major’s main rival in the 1995 Conservative leadership contest but decided not to run, earning a promotion to Secretary of State for Defense instead.
In his capacity as Defense Secretary, he advocated for “clear blue water” policies, or conservative measures that kept the Conservatives and Labour Party apart.
During the 1997 general election, Portillo unexpectedly lost the Conservative seat of Enfield Southgate, which had previously been safe. As a result, the term “Portillo moment” was created.
After winning a seat back in the Commons in the Kensington and Chelsea by-election in 1999, Portillo became the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and returned to the front bench.
After competing for the party leadership in 2001, he ultimately finished third behind Kenneth Clarke and Iain Duncan Smith. At the general election of 2005, he announced his retirement from the House of Commons and from active politics.
Portillo has followed his media interests since leaving politics, hosting and taking part in a variety of radio and television shows.
Because of his love of steam trains, Portillo created the BBC documentary series Great British Railway Journeys, which debuted in 2008. Throughout the series, he explores the British railway networks while consulting several Bradshaw’s Guide editions.
Because of the show’s popularity, Portillo presented a series about foreign railway networks. He started hosting the political program Portillo for the British news network GB News in 2022.
After being appointed as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 1992, Michael Portillo took the oath of office and became a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, bearing the honorific title “The Right Honourable” for life.
Richmond, The American International University in London, granted him an Honorary Doctorate in 2003. In 2018, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (FRSGS) appointed Portillo as a fellow.
The Freedom of the City of London has been bestowed on him. On September 29, 2019, he was bestowed with the distinction of spearheading the yearly Sheep Drive across London Bridge.
Michael Portillo Wife
Portillo is married to Carolyn Claire Eadie. They have been married since 1982.
Michael Portillo Children
Portillo has no children.
Michael Portillo Religion
Portillo is believed to be a Christian, a Roman Catholic to be precise.
Michael Portillo’s Net Worth
Portillo has a net worth estimated to be about $9 million as of 2023.