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He's been called "the rock star of international relations." But what was Kofi Annan's life like before fame stepped in? Find out how Annan's family background, his years of hard work at school and in the UN prepared him for his current role in world affairs.

Family of Chiefs
Annan grows up in Ghana.
University Days
Annan leaves Africa to study in the U.S.
Learning the Ropes
Administration and peacekeeping duties prepare Annan for the UN's top job.
On the Job
Annan rises through the ranks to become Secretary-General.
Job at a Glance

HOW long does a Secretary- General serve? What's the Secretary General's annual salary?

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Photos: Private Collection of Kofi and Nane Annan, Macalester College, UN/DPI Photo by Susan B. Markisz

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