Michael Portillo Biography
Michael Portillo is a British journalist, broadcaster, and former Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister of the Conservative Party from Britain.
He left Cambridge in 1975, and for a year worked for a shipping company. He moved to the Conservative Research Department in 1976, where he spent three years. At the General Election in 1979, he was responsible for briefing Margaret Thatcher before her press conferences. For the next two years, he was the special adviser to the Secretary of State for Energy.
Michael Portillo Education
Michael studied at grammar school, Harrow County, and went to Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he gained a first-class degree in History.
Michael Portillo Height
He stands at a height of 5 ft 11 in.
Michael Portillo Age
Michael Portillo was born as Michael Denzil Xavier Portillo on 26 May 1953 in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England. He celebrates his birthday on 26 May every year.
Michael Portillo Family
He is the son of Luis Gabriel Portillo, who had come to Britain as a refugee at the end of the Spanish Civil War, and his mother, Cora Waldegrave Blyth de Portillo, was brought up in Fife. She met Luis while she was an undergraduate at Oxford.
Michael Portillo Wife
Michael is married to Carolyn Claire Eadie. The couple married on February 12, 1982. They had first met when they were at school. Carolyn had become a chartered accountant and for her last fifteen years there, she had been a ‘headhunter’ with Spencer Stuart Associates.
Michael Portillo Net Worth
The award-winning journalist, Portillo, has an estimated net worth of $9 Million which he has earned through his successful career as a journalist, broadcaster, and former Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister of the Conservative Party from Britain.
Michael Portillo Great American Railway Journeys
He is the writer and presenter of a BBC travel documentary series Great American Railroad Journeys. Using a 1979 edition of Appleton’s Guidebook on U.S and Canadian railroads, Portillo travels through the U.S. mostly by train, through sometimes using other forms of transport where possible. During his journeys, he makes stops to learn how places, events and people and 19th-century railroads shaped the development of the country into a global superpower.
Michael Portillo on Brexit
Portillo backed Brexit but also shared the opinion that the 2016 Brexit vote is held in the British system, where Parliament is sovereign “absolutely does not fit with our system” and that “parliament has the right to interpret” the result.
Michael Portillo Politics
From 1981-1983 he worked for Kerr McGee Oil (UK) Ltd. He contested the seat of the Birmingham Perry Bar in the 1983 election. Michael returned to politics as a special adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Nigel Lawson) and won the by-election in Enfield Southgate in December 1984, triggered by the assassination of Sir Anthony Berry MP in the Brighton bombing.
In 1986 he entered the cabinet and remained a member until 1997. He was a whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Social Security, Minister of State for Transport, Minister of State for Local Government and Inner Cities; and as Minister of Cabinet, he was Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Secretary of State for Jobs and Secretary of State for Defence.
Michael returned to Kerr McGee as an advisor following his electoral defeat in 1997. Then he turned to journalism, too. He wrote of traveling on the Santiago Way as a pilgrim and of serving as a porter at the hospital. He had a column regularly in The Scotsman. He had a three-part series about Portillo’s progress in politics for Channel 4 and a program in BBC2’s series Great Railway Journeys, which was partly a biography.
In a by-election held in Kensington and Chelsea in November 1999, Michael was re-elected to Parliament and was the Exchequer’s Shadow Chancellor February 2000-September 2001. After the electoral defeat of the Conservatives in 2001, Michael unsuccessfully challenged the Party leadership. Michael left the Chamber of Commons in 2005.
Michael Portillo BBC2
He has made a number of television programs for BBC2 including Art that shook the world: Richard Wagner’s Ring, Portillo in Euroland, Elizabeth I in the series Great Britons, When Michael Portillo became a single mum, Portillo Goes Wild in Spain and The Science of Killing. There followed documentaries on the unburied bodies from the Spanish Civil War and on Guantanamo Bay.
In 2010 BBC Radio 4 carried his 3-part series “Democracy on Trial”. For BBC4 he has made several series of Dinner with Portillo, a discussion program, and in 2008 The Lady’s not for Spurning (about Margaret Thatcher’s legacy). Since 2006 he has been on The Moral Maze team on BBC Radio 4.
In 2003 he began the weekly political discussion program This Week on BBC1 with fellow presenters Andrew Neil and Diane Abbott MP. He did 100 programs for BBC2 in the Great British Railway Journeys and Great Continental Railway Journeys show. He was a weekly columnist on The Sunday Times for six years and was The New Statesman’s theater critic from 2004-2006.
In 2008, he chaired the judges of the Man Booker prize, while in 2011 he chaired the Art Fund Prize and in 2012 he chaired the committee recommending grants for an endowment to arts and heritage institutions under the government’s Catalyst program.
Michael was a member of the International Commission on Missing Persons in the former Yugoslavia from 1998 to 2012. He sat on of the Board of BAE Systems plc from 2002 to 2006 and of Kerr McGee Corporation during 2006. He is the founder of DebRA, Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), the national charity working on behalf of people with genetic skin blistering disorder. He was British Chairman for the 2004-2008 British-Spanish Tertulias.
Michael Portillo Books
- Great American Railroad Journeys (2017)
- Democratic Values and the Currency: A Lecture Given to the Institute of Economic Affairs at Church House,
- Westminster, on Wednesday 14 January 1998 (1998)
- The Blue Horizon (1993)
- A Vision for the 1990s (1992)
- The Ghost of Toryism Past: The Spirit of Conservatism Future (1997)
- Beyond New Labour: The 1998 Swinton Lecture (1999)
- Portillo?’s Hidden History of Britai (2018)
- The Green Line: The Division of Cyprus: a Photographic Record (1998)
- The Economics of John Smith (1992)
Michael Portillo Facts and Body Measurements
- Full Name: Michael Denzil Xavier Portillo
- Date of Birth: 26 May 1953
- Place of Birth: Bushey, Hertfordshire, England
- Nationality: British
- Marital Status: Married
- Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.81 m)
- Weight: Not Available
- Shoe Size: Not Available
- Body Shape: Not Available
- Hair Colour: Not Available
Frequently Asked Questions About Portillo
Who is Michael Portillo?
Portillo is a journalist, broadcaster, and former Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister of the Conservative Party from Britain.
How old is Portillo?
He is 66 years old as of 2019. He was born in 1953
How tall is Michael Portillo?
He stands at a height of 5 ft 11 in.
Is Michael Portillo married to Diane Abbott? | Who is Portillo’s wife?
He is married to Carolyn Claire Eadie. The couple married on February 12, 1982.
What languages does Michael Portillo speak?
He speaks English and Spanish.
What nationality is Michael Portillo?
Portillo was born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, to a Scottish mother and Spanish father. He is British.
Did Michael Portillo go to private school?
He studied at Harrow High School, Peterhouse, Cambridge, and the University of Cambridge.
How much is Michael Portillo worth?
He has an approximate net worth of $9 Million. This amount has been accrued from his career as a journalist, broadcaster, and politician.
How much does Michael Portillo make?
His salary is still under review.
Where does Michael Portillo live?
He lives in Britain, a country in Europe.
Is Michael Portillo dead or alive?
He is alive and in good health. There have been no reports of him being sick or having any health-related issues.
Where is Michael Portillo now?
He is pursuing his career in journalism and politician. He is working for the BBC’s series.
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