Former vice president Al Gore was born Albert Arnold Gore, Jr., on March 31, 1948. In his 2000 presidential campaign, Gore won the Democratic presidential nomination after facing down an early challenge from former Senator Bill Bradley. Gore won the popular vote, but conceded defeat to Republican George W. Bush. On December 10, 2007, Gore accepted a Nobel Prize for work on global warming. Gore has four adult children with his first wife Tipper. Read Albert Arnold Gore Biography and Profile.
Born in Cairo in 1929, Yasser Arafat was named chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization 40 years later. Arafat signed a self-governing pact with Israel in 1991, at the Madrid Conference, and together with Israeli leaders made several attempts at lasting peace soon after, notably through the Oslo Accords (1993) and the Camp David Summit of 2000. Arafat and Israel’s Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres shared the Nobel Peace Prize, but the terms were never implemented. Arafat ceded his PLO chairman post in 2003, and died in Paris in 2004. Read Mohammed Abdel-Raouf Arafat Biography and Profile.
KOFI A. ANNAN of Ghana, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, served from 1997 to 2006 and was the first to emerge from the ranks of United Nations staff. He died in 2018 after a short illness. Kofi Annan was born in Kumasi, Ghana, on 8 April 1938. Read Kofi Annan Biography and Profile.
Born in Yangon, Myanmar, 19 June 1945, Aung San Suu Kyi spent much of her early adult years abroad before returning home and becoming an activist against the brutal rule of dictator U Ne Win. She was placed under house arrest in 1989 and spent 15 of the next 21 years in custody, winning the 1991 Nobel Prize for Peace along the way. Read Aung San Suu Kyi Biography and Profile.