BORIS JOHNSON is the UK’s Prime Minister after winning the keys to Downing Street in July 2019.
But what do we actually know about him? Here’s the lowdown…
How old is Boris Johnson?
Boris, born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson on June 19, 1964, is 55-years-old.
The Conservative is the former Foreign Secretary.
Johnson was born in New York City and later lived in Brussels, before attending boarding school in England.
He won a scholarship to Eton College and later studied classics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he became President of the Oxford Union in 1986.
He started working life as a journalist first at The Times and later became The Daily Telegraph’s Brussels correspondent and was the paper’s assistant editor between 1994 and 1999.
Johnson then edited The Spectator from 1999 to 2005.
During that time he became the MP for Henley in 2001 and served in the Shadow Cabinet, both under Michael Howard and David Cameron.
In 2008 he was elected Mayor of London and resigned his seat in the Commons after beating Ken Livingstone.
He was re-elected to the post in 2012 after once again seeing off the challenge from Livingstone.
Johnson became the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip in the 2015 general election and resigned as mayor the following year.
In July 2019, after Theresa May stepped down as Prime Minister following her party’s majority loss, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Johnson as Prime Minister.
What’s Boris Johnson’s net worth?
Boris Johnson has held several senior positions in the Government and the media throughout his career.
As an MP, Mr Johnson was entitled to a salary of £79,468, since April 1, 2019.
According to site Celebrity Net Worth, the Prime Minister has amassed a fortune of £3.1million, as of July 2019.
Part of the astronomical sum may come from the sale of his family home, which is believed to have sold for £3.7million.
He has since bought a £1.3million mansion with fiancee Carrie Symonds.
Is Boris Johnson self-isolating with coronavirus?
Yes – the Prime Minister will now self-isolate for at least seven days now he has contracted the virus.
In a Twitter statement, Johnson said: “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.
“Those are a temperate and a persistent cough. On the advice of the chief medical officer I have taken a test and that has come out positive.
“So I am working from home, I’m self-isolating and that’s the right thing to do.
“But be it in no doubt, thanks to modern technology, that I can continue to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fightback against coronavirus.”
Seven facts about Boris Johnson
1. Bojo’s time at the Bullingdon Club
The Bullingdon Club is an unofficial exclusive all-male dining club for Oxford University undergraduates.
It is known for its wealthy members and destructive behaviour, such as the vandalising of restaurants and students’ rooms.
Members wore blue tailcoats with white silk facings, mustard yellow waistcoats and gold buttons.
Boris Johnson and David Cameron were members of the club at the same time in 1987, and have been photographed sitting on the steps along with other club members.
Johnson said in a documentary about the club: “This is a truly shameful vignette of almost superhuman undergraduate arrogance, toffishness and twittishness.
“But at the time you felt it was wonderful to be going round swanking it up. Or was it? Actually I remember the dinners being incredibly drunken.”
Boris Johnson and David Cameron were part of the Bullingdon Club
2. Bojo was not born in the UK
Johnson is the second Prime Minister in British history to be born outside of the British Isles.
He was born in New York because his father was an Englishman studying economics at Columbia University at the time of his birth.
He had both US and UK citizenship until his renounced his American citizenship in 2017.
He lived between the two countries until he was five.
3. Why he got sacked from job at The Times
Bojo started working at The Times in 1987.
He got into hot water after writing an article on the archaeological discovery of Edward II’s palace for the newspaper.
He invented a quote for the article where he falsely claimed it came from the historian Colin Lucas – his own godfather.
The pair collide as the London Mayor heads for the try line
4. Bojo was deaf until the age of eight
Bojo was severely deaf as a child because of glue ear – a condition where the ear canal fills with fluid that can cause temporary hearing loss.
He had to wear a grommet, a small tube surgically implanted in the eardrum to drain liquid as a child.
5. Bojo’s sporting history
In 2006 during a re-creation of the 1966 World Cup final when England defeated Germany, Bojo tried to save the day.
When the Germans weren’t playing their part, Johnson launching himself at German soccer player Maurizio Gaudino.
The PM’s favourite sport is rugby and took it very seriously.
In 2015, he accidentally knocked a 10-year-old boy to the floor in a rugby match during a diplomatic trip to Japan.
Boris Johnson’s Brexit interventions helped swing the vote in favour of Leave