Bo Xilai, ethnic Han, native of Shanxi Province, born in 1949. Graduated from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences with Master of Arts in international journalism. Joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1980. Bo is the son of Bo Yibo, one of the Eight Elders of the CPC. Married to Gu Kailai, a prominent lawyer, in 1986. They have one son, Bo Guagua. Bo got his reputation with his work in Liaoning. The following is a sketchy bio of Mr. Bo.
1978-1979: Undergraduate student majoring in world history at the Department of History of Peking University.
1979-1982: Postgraduate student majoring in international journalism at theGraduateSchoolof the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
1982-1984: Staff member of the CPC Central Committee.
1984-1989: Served successively as deputy secretaries and secretaries of various CPC Committees withinDalian City, Liaoning Province.
1989-1992: Vice mayor of Dalian City.
1992-1993: Deputy secretary of the Dalian Municipal CPC Committee and acting mayor of Dalian City.
1993-1999: Deputy secretary of the Dalian Municipal CPC Committee and mayor of Dalian City.
1999-2000: Secretary of the Dalian Municipal CPC Committee and mayor of Dalian City.
2000-2001: Deputy secretary of the Liaoning Provincial CPC Committee and acting governor of Liaoning Province.
2001-2004: Deputy secretary of the Liaoning Province CPC Committee and governor of Liaoning Province.
2004-2007: Minister of Commerce, deputy secretary and then secretary of the MOFCOM CPC committee.
2007-: Secretary of the Chongqing Municipal CPC Committee.