Birthday: February 20, 1951 (Pisces)
Born In: Govan
One of Britain’s most influential politicians, Gordon Brown became the 52nd Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, succeeding Tony Blair. He studied at the University of Edinburgh and earned a doctorate in history. He rose through the ranks of the Labor Party and earned the reputation of a policy fabricator within the party. Apart from being a political leader, Brown has also authored a number of books and political biographies like ‘Maxton’, ‘Courage’ and ‘John Smith: Life and Soul of the Party’. His tenure as Chancellor was marked by major monetary reforms in Britain. However, his term as Prime Minister led to the serious economic slump due to his controversial moves pertaining to personal income tax schemes and the advance corporation tax policy. His self-regulatory budgets were severely criticized by various parties in UK, which eventually led to the Labor Party’s downfall. In the wake of an economic recession, his party suffered a heavy loss in general elections and consequently he was compelled to resign. Known to be of a reserved demeanor, Brown’s life was a tumultuous one with its shares of highs and lows.