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Michael Portillo Bio, Age, Family, Wife, Career, Net Worth, and more

Michael Portillo is a British journalist, broadcaster, and former Conservative Party politician. He is known for his television series, including railway documentaries like “Great British Railway Journeys” and “Great Continental Railway Journeys.”


Age- 70 years

Full name-Michael Denzil Xavier Portillo

Height- 181 cm


Born- 26 May 1953

Birthplace- Bushey, United Kingdom

Spouse-Carolyn Eadie (m. 1982)

Profession-Journalist, Broadcaster, Politician

Nationality- British


Portillo’s parents are Luis Gabriel Portillo and Cora Waldegrave Blyth de Portillo. His father, a devout Catholic, was involved in left-wing movements in the 1930s. When Madrid fell to General Franco in 1939, he fled to England and settled there.


On February 12, 1982, Portillo tied the knot with Carolyn Claire Eadie.

Michael Portillo wife


Michael Portillo and Carolyn Claire Eadie do not have any children.


He started his career as a graduate trainee with Ocean Group plc before joining the Conservative Research Department in 1976. Portillo entered the House of Commons in a 1984 by-election and served as a junior minister under Margaret Thatcher and John Major. In 1992, he became Chief Secretary to the Treasury and later Secretary of State for Employment in 1994. A Thatcherite and Eurosceptic, he was considered a potential challenger to Major during the 1995 Conservative leadership election but didn’t run. Instead, he became Secretary of State for Defence.

Michael Portillo career

Portillo unexpectedly lost his safe Conservative seat in Enfield Southgate in the 1997 general election, known as the “Portillo moment.” He returned to Parliament in a 1999 by-election in Kensington and Chelsea, becoming Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. In 2001, he ran for party leadership but came in third place. Portillo retired from politics in 2005.

Since then, he has pursued various media ventures, including hosting television and radio programs. His love for steam trains inspired the BBC documentary series “Great British Railway Journeys,” which began in 2008. The show’s success led to similar series exploring railway systems in other countries. In 2022, he began hosting a political show, “Portillo,” on the British news channel GB News.

Net Worth

Michael Portillo’s estimated net worth is around $12 million.

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