Al Gore Biography

Scroll down the biography below to know about the profile, childhood, life, and timeline of Al Gore, the 45th Vice President of the United States and a great philanthropist.

Al Gore

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Also known as: Albert Arnold Gore (English)
Gender: Male
Birthday: 31 March 1948
Nationality: American
Sun Sign: Aries
Spouse/Ex-: Tipper Gore
Father: Albert Arnold Gore
Mother: Pauline LaFon Gore
Siblings: Nancy Gore Hunger
Children: Kristin Gore, Karenna Gore Schiff
Education: Harvard College, Vanderbilt University
Awards: Nobel Peace Prize, Primetime Emmy Award, Webby Lifetime Achievement Award, Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation, Giuseppe Motta Medal, Champions of the Earth, James Parks Morton Interfaith Award, NAACP Image Award – Chairman's Award, James Madison Award, Internet Hall of Fame, Dan David Prize, Roger Revelle Prize, Sierra Club John Muir Award, Honorary doctorate of Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Honorary doctor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Q55111733, National Defense Service Medal, Honorary doctor of the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

Albert Arnold "Al" Gore is not only a politician but also an environmentalist, writer, advocate, and philanthropist. Being the son of the famous U.S. Senator Albert Gore, Sr., Al Gore was exposed to political and diplomatic visitors that perhaps would have instilled his interest in politics. In his tenure as the Vice President and as the main member of Cinton’s economic team, he created a history in the American economy with the balanced budget for 30 years that has reduced the African-American and Hispanic poverty, lowered the rate of unemployment, increased the wages twice the rate of inflation, and created over 18 million new jobs. He is a visionary leader who has taken great efforts to reduce global warming even during his tenure as the Vice President. He worked with the auto makers to develop new generation of fuel and hybrid-vehicles that also created avenues for generation of new jobs. This enabled the United States to have $400 billion worldwide market for setting up new technologies intended to clean up the environment. Al Gore is also a philanthropist. Along with his wife Tipper, he voiced for American families and took initiatives to strengthen fatherhood, create flexibility to parents in the workplace to attend to the needs of the children. As an active leader in technology and telecommunications, he passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that formed a new global information infrastructure even in the American class room and steered America in the “Information Superhighway.”

Childhood & Early Life

Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, Jr. was born on March 31, 1948, to Albert Gore, Sr. and Pauline Gore. His father was a former U.S. Senator and his mother was a law graduate from Vanderbilt University Law School.
He had an elder sister named Nancy LaFon Gore, who died of lung cancer in 1984.
He had had his schooling in St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. from 1956 to 1965.
He enrolled at Harvard University in 1965 for a degree in government and was graduated in 1969.


He joined the US army in 1969 and served in the Vietnam War as a military reporter from 1969 to 1971.
From 1971 to 1976, he worked as a reporter for the newspaper The Tennessean in Nashville, Tennessee. Simultaneously, he studied philosophy and law at Vanderbilt University.
In 1976, he participated in the election to the U.S. House Representatives and was elected three times as its representative.
In 1984 he won a seat in the Senate and was elected to the Congress in 1986 and 1988.
He nominated his candidature for the 1988 Democratic presidential election, as a moderate Democrat from the "New South,” but became unsuccessful because of the supporting campaign speech of Mayor Ed Koch of whom people were fed up.
He was re-elected to the Congress in 1990 and 1992 and he was the first Senator to win all the 95 of Tennessee's counties.
In the Presidential election of 1992, he was chosen by Clinton, the presidential nominee, to be his running mate. Clinton won the election and became the President in 1993 while Al Gore became the 45th Vice President of the United States.
He served as the Vice President in the Clinton Administration from 1993 to 2001.
In the 2000 presidential election, though he won popular votes, he was defeated by George W. Bush, the Republican candidate who became the President of United States.
In 2004, he accepted the position as the chairman of “Generation Investment Management,” a new London-based fund management firm that creates environment-friendly portfolios.
He remains as the Senior Advisor to Google, Inc. and is also one of the Board of Directors of Apple Computers Inc.
He is the co-founder and chairman of Current TV, a cable television network intended for youngsters aged 18 to 24.
He is the founder and chairperson of Alliance for Climate Protection, aimed at protecting environment.

Major Works

In 1992, he published the book Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit, where he has voiced his efforts to protect the earth's ozone layer and to get rid of the toxic wastes.
The book remains as the number one bestseller in the list of Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Denver Post.
In 2009, the audio version of his book, An Inconvenient Truth, won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. The book was an eye opener in global warming.

Awards & Achievements

For his effort in bringing out awareness about global warming, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 that was shared with the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The same year, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Current TV and remained as the runner-up for Time's 2007 Person of the Year.

Personal Life & Legacy

He met Mary Elizabeth "Tipper" Aitcheson in a party at St. Albans and married her in 1970.
The couple have four children named Karenna Gore (born on August 6, 1973), Kristin Gore (born on June 5, 1977), Sarah Gore (born on January 7, 1979), and Albert Gore III (born on October 19, 1982).
Though the couple live separately after openly declaring their wish to live apart in 2010, they have not yet applied for an official divorce.
It is rumored that he has an affair with Elizabeth Keadle, a biochemist and a supporter of Democratic causes.
Al Gore resides in Tennessee.


This former Vice President of United States drives only hybrid vehicles.
For his initiative in creating Internet, this American politician is awarded with the “Webby Lifetime Achievement Award.”

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