The Life and Times of Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney has clearly followed in his father George's footsteps—successful businessman, dedicated family man, governor and now U.S. presidential candidate. Click through to see highlights from Romney's personal, professional and political life.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann hug during a victory rally in Schaumburg, Ill.
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Mitt Romney has clearly followed in his father George's footsteps—successful businessman, dedicated family man, governor and now U.S. presidential candidate. Click through to see highlights from Romney's personal, professional and political life.
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Mitt Romney, 14, hugs his father George Romney at a Detroit News conference in 1962 after the industrialist announced he would be a candidate for the GOP nomination for Governor of Michigan. Besides their physical resemblance, the father and son shared similar professional callings, splitting their careers between business and politics.
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Mitt was the youngest of four children. His mother Lenore was an actress and his father George was the head of American Motors before he transitioned into politics.
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Gov. George Romney and his son, Mitt, look out over the New York World's Fair grounds May 18,1964 from the heliport after attending a Michigan breakfast at the Top of the Fair Restaurant. George Romney became a one-time presidential candidate (he lost to Nixon in 1968).
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Nineteen-year-old Mitt Romney, right, then a student at Stanford University, participates in a 1966 counter-protest on campus. Romney and his fellow students were reacting to a protest then being waged by other students upset with the university's student draft deferment policies.
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An informal family portrait of Mr. and Mrs. George Romney, their two daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, and Mitt at their home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. on January 1,1968. Missing is the Romney's son Scott, a Mormon missionary in England.
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney eats ice cream after making a stop at Millie's before a fundraising event on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 in Nantucket, Mass.
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Mitt Romney, right, with future wife Ann Davies on the day of Romney's senior prom in Bloomfield, Mich., in 1965.
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Mitt Romney married Ann Lois Davies in a civil ceremony at the bride's family home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., on March 21, 1969. After a brief honeymoon the couple then resumed their studies at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
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Mitt Romney delivers the commencement speech during his 1971 graduation ceremony at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. After studying English at B.Y.U., Romney received a dual degree in business and law from Harvard.
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After Harvard Romney worked as a business consultant for several years. He was named head of investment firm Bain Capital in 1984. Here he's pictured with his boss and mentor William Bain Jr. (right) at Bain's offices in Copley Plaza in Boston.
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Romney went on to become the CEO of Bain & Company, a consulting firm that enjoyed one of best track records in the business in the '90s. As a result of Bain's success, Romney's net worth grew to a widely estimated but unconfirmed $250 million.
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In Romney's first major foray into politics, he ran for Senate in deep-blue Massachusetts in 1994. Here Romney, with wife Ann, concedes the race to longtime Democratic incumbent Ted Kennedy.
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In 1999 Romney left Bain to run the Salt Lake City Olympics committee which was disgraced by a bribery scandal. Romney is credited with turning around the committee and helping pull off one of most successful Winter Games in history. Here, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge speaks during the closing ceremony.
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After a successful career in the private sector, Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial candidate Mitt Romney waves to supporters in Boston after making his victory speech.
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During his tenure as Massachusetts governor, Romney sought to bring state spending under control, consolidate government programs, and spur economic recovery. He also embraced a health care program which conservatives later criticized as being similar to President Obama's health care plan.
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Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney points to a map during a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston in 2006.
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Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks with a fellow diner as he campaigns with Massachusetts Lieut. Gov. and gubernatorial candidate Kerry Healey at a breakfast event in Gloucester, Mass., on Nov. 6, 2006.
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Ann Romney, who remains Mitt's chief counselor and confidante, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998. More recently she battled breast cancer in January 2009.
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Republican presidential hopefuls, from left, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) talk before a Republican presidential debate in Orlando, Fla. in October 2007.
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Republican presidential hopefuls Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talk before a GOP presidential candidates debate in Dearborn, Mich., in October 2007. Romney ultimately lost the nomination to McCain.
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Mitt Romney and wife Ann greet Utah Sen. Bob Bennett during the funeral service of Gordon B. Hinckley, president of the Mormon church, in 2008 in Salt Lake City.
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After losing the Republican presidential nomination to Sen. John McCain in 2008, Romney tried again in 2012. Although Romney had been a GOP frontrunner it wasn't until U.S. Rep. and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum dropped out of the race that Mitt's nomination was all but assured.
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Mitt Romney speaks alongside his wife Ann Romney and their sons (L-R) Josh, Matt, Craig and Tagg on the night of the Iowa Caucuses in Des Moines, Iowa, in January 2012. (Romney has a fifth son, Benjamin, not pictured here.) Although Romney was initially believed to be the winner in a very tight Iowa race, after two weeks of certifying the results Santorum was declared the Iowa victor.
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Mr. Romney continues his campaign swing through battleground states as he competes with President Barack Obama for votes. Here he's seen shaking hands during a campaign event at the Cornwall Iron Furnace in Cornwall, Penn. in June 2012.
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Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event at the Weatherly Casting Company in June 2012 in Weatherly, Penn. Romney continues his campaign swing through battleground states discussing his plan to restore jobs to America.
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Mitt Romney stands with his son Craig Romney, his wife Ann Romney and three of his grandchildren during a campaign rally at Newark Town Square on June 17 in Newark, Ohio.
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Considering Mitt Romney's notable history with the Olympics, it's no surprise he and wife Ann were spotted at the London 2012 Games, seen here watching swimming heats at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park. Ann Romney was also seen supporting her horse "Rafalca" at the dressage events.
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Mitt Romney has selected House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to be his running mate, his campaign confirmed Aug. 11. The newly minted GOP ticket will embark on a four-state bus tour to introduce the GOP ticket to the nation.
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