Paul Kagame was born in October 1957 in Rwanda's Southern Province. His family fled ethnic persecution and violence in 1960, into Uganda where Kagame spent thirty years as a refugee. As a young man, Kagame joined current Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni and his group of guerrilla fighters to free Uganda.
In 1990, Paul Kagame returned to Rwanda to lead the Rwandan Patriotic Front's (RPF) four-year struggle to liberate Rwanda. His Army defeated the genocidal government in July 1994, setting Rwanda on its reconciliation and development path.
On 22 April 2000 the Transitional National Assembly elected Paul Kagame into Office as President of the Republic of Rwanda. He won the first Rwanda's democratic elections in August 2003 and was re-elected to a second seven-year term in August 2010.
Paul Kagame is married to Jeannette Nyiramongi and they have four children. He is a keen tennis player and football fan.