Ban Ki-moon was born June 13, 1944 in Eumseong County, South Korea. At age 18, he won a trip to the White House to meet President John F. Kennedy. Inspired by this visit, Ban followed a career in government, primarily in foreign relations. He held positions within the South Korean cabinet and at the United Nations. Ban was elected secretary-general of the UN in 2006, succeeding Kofi Annan.
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