March 12, 1947
Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
What It Takes, Richard Ben Cramer
Theodore Rex, Edmund Morris
The World Is Flat, Thomas Friedman
1776, David McCullough
The Battle For Peace, Tony Zinni and Tony Koltz
The Business Of Winning, Robert Evangelista
Future Jihad, Walid Phares
The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren
The West’s Last Chance, Tony Blankley
Mastering The Rockefeller Habits, Verne Harrish
The Four Obsessions Of An Extraordinary Executive, Patrick Lencioni
Spending time with family - especially grandchildren, running, reading, skiing, horseback riding with my wife, waterskiing, and watching movies.
Besides my family, I have great interest in strengthening this country and our economy. Fixing our failing schools so we can better compete with emerging Asia and making health care more affordable through free market reforms. And, most importantly, winning the war against the jihadists to ensure that Americans are kept safe.
Roy Orbison, The Beatles, The Eagles, The Kingston Trio, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Clint Black, and Garth Brooks
“The pursuit of the difficult makes men strong” – something my father, George Romney, always used to quote.
I was born in Detroit, Michigan, on March 12, 1947. After graduating from Cranbrook School, I went to Stanford University. My sophomore year, I transferred to Brigham Young University to pursue my high school sweetheart, Ann … whom I married over 40 years ago and with whom I’ve had five boys – Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben and Craig, who in turn married five wonderful women – Jen, Laurie, Jen, Andelyne and Mary – and we now have sixteen beautiful grandchildren.
After graduating with highest honors from BYU in 1971, I wanted to go to business school, but my dad wanted me to go to law school. We ended up reaching a compromise: I did both … by enrolling in a joint program between Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. I graduated cum laude from law school and in the top 5% of my business school class, and then joined the Boston Consulting Group.
In 1978, I moved to Bain and Company, a Boston-based management consulting firm. And, in 1984, I founded Bain Capital, a venture capital firm that has launched hundreds of companies on a successful course, including Staples, Domino's Pizza, and The Sports Authority. Later, when the 2002 Winter Olympics was facing a financial crisis, I was asked to help turn the Games around in Salt Lake City.
From 2003 to 2007, I had the privilege of serving as the Governor of Massachusetts, where I balanced the budget every year of my administration; strengthened the education system so that young people could compete for well paying jobs in the global economy; and enacted a private, market-based health care reform which ensured that every Massachusetts citizen will have insurance. I enjoyed the experience of running for president in 2008, even though we came up short, and spent the last few years helping elect conservative candidates across the country as honorary chairman of the Free and Strong America PAC. Recently, I announced that I am exploring another presidential bid to become the Republican nominee in 2012 and would be humbled to have your support.