Boris Johnson – Mayor of London
Boris Johnson is a Mayor of London with Russian name and Russian roots. Actually, he is a British statesman, politician. On May 7, 2015 Boris became a member of the House of Commons. From 2008 to 2016 he was a Mayor of London. And from July 13, 2016 to July 9, 2018 Johnson was a Foreign Minister of Great Britain. Besides, he is a member of the Conservative Party.
He was born on June 19, 1964 in New York, USA. You know, his full name is Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. He has a brother and two sisters.
His paternal great-grandfather Ali Kemal, a Turkish journalist, married a Circassian slave from southern Russia. Johnson’s great-grandmother left her homeland because of the Caucasian war and was enslaved by the Ottomans. Their descendants later moved to the United States, and from there to England, where they took a popular surname Johnson.
The maternal great-grandfather was American scientist Elias Avery Levy (1879-1969), a native of Kalwaria (then in the Russian Empire) of Jewish descent.
In the early 1970s, Boris’s father Stanley Johnson, became one of the first empowered of United Europe to control pollution. Therefore, Boris received his primary education in a European school in Brussels.
Later, the family moved to the UK, and he studied at the Ashdown House Preparatory School, East Sussex, and then in Eton.
In 1983-1984 he studied at Balliol College of Oxford University. Also he was a member of Bullingdon Club. Charles Spencer (9th Earl Spencer), the younger brother of Princess Diana, and David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party (2005-2016) are among his close friends.
After university he was engaged in journalism and politics. He started working in the Daily Telegraph in 1987. From 1989 to 1994 Boris was a correspondent for the Daily Telegraph in Brussels. And then Johnson was a deputy editor-in-chief and political commentator for the Daily Telegraph.
In 2000, Johnson became editor of The Spectator.
In the 2001 parliamentary elections, he was first elected to the British Parliament House of Commons. Johnson became one of the most conspicuous politicians in the country, authoring books and making regular television appearances. He banned alcohol on public transport, implemented measures to encourage business, and oversaw the 2012 London Olympic Games. In 2012, he was re-elected as Mayor.
In 2006, he took part in a charity football match between England and Germany, consisting of celebrities and former players.
In 1987, he married Allegra Mostyn-Owen. They divorced in 1993.
In the same year, Johnson married Marina Wheeler, the daughter of a journalist and TV host, Sir Charles Wheeler.
They have four children: two daughters and two sons.