Prime Minister of Belize
Dean Oliver Barrow was born on 2nd March 1951 in Belize City. He was educated at St Michael’s College in Belize and then went on to the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, where he received his Bachelor of Law (LL.B) degree in 1973.
Mr Barrow then went on to the Norman Manley Law School, Mona, Jamaica where he received a Certificate of Legal Education in 1975. In 1981 he took a Masters of Laws (LL.M) degree at the University of Miami School of Law as well as a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in International Relations.
He joined a law firm in Belize in 1973 and became a partner in 1977 before leaving to set up his own legal firm, Barrow and Williams. He is a well known and respected senior counsel in Belize and has represented a wide range of people including The Lord Ashcroft.
Dean Barrow started his political career by standing for the Belize City Council as a member of the centre right United Democratic Party (UDP) He won and went on to fight the 1984 general election.
Barrow won his parliamentary battle in 1984 and went on to win again in 1989, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2012. In 1990 he became Deputy Leader of the UDP and in 1998 when the party was reduced to three members in the House of Representatives he was made Party Leader and Leader of the Opposition. From 1993 to 1998 he was also Minister for Foreign Affairs.
In 2008 Dean Barrow led his party to a massive win, taking 25 of the 31 seats in the House of Representatives. In a much tighter fight and with the backdrop of large national debt he was able to lead the UDP to victory again in March 2012 but with a much reduced majority; 17 of 31 seats in the parliament.
Dean Barrow has four children, Jamal Michael, Anwar and Deanne as well as Salima by his current wife Kim Simplis Barrow. Mrs Barrow was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2011 and had completed her chemotherapy treatment in March 2012.