Position: Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Malaysia
Incumbent: Najib Razak
Date of Birth: July 23, 1953
Term: Appointed as Prime Minister on April 3, 2009; term
ends March 2013.
- Najib is regarded as political aristocracy -- he is the
son of Abdul Razak Hussein, Malaysia's second Prime Minister,
and the nephew of the third.
- Received his early education in Malaysia before continuing
at Malvern Boy's College, Worcestershire, England and taking a
bachelors degree in Industrial Economics at Nottingham
- Holds record as the youngest candidate in a Malaysian
election at age 22 in 1976 after the death of his father left
vacant the Pekan constituency in his home state of Pahang.
- Is Malaysia's most experienced serving politician with a
three-decade career in government including as Deputy Energy
Minister and Chief Minister of his home state. Has also served
in the Cabinet holding the Youth, Education and Defence
- Became Malaysia's sixth Prime Minister on April 2009,
succeeding Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who bows out after the ruling
coalition is hit by record losses in the 2008 general election.
- Took office pledging economic and political reforms. Najib
has delivered measures such as granting new bank licenses and
cutting the fiscal deficit but has shied away from big subsidy
cuts and tax reforms. He has also reversed tack on controversial
preferential equity ownership rules for the majority ethnic
Malays, wary of a political backlash.
- Najib's younger brother Nazir runs Malaysia's
second-largest lender, CIMB Group Holdings Bhd
- An avid golfer, Najib is married and has five children.
(Reporting by Razak Ahmad; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)