Children: Marina, Mirzan, Melinda, Mokhzani, Mukhriz, Maizura and Mazhar
Education: Entered the King Edward VII College of Medicine in Singapore in 1947
He became the oldest world leader at 92 when he was sworn into office as prime minister of Malaysia in 2018, a decade-and-a-half after retirement. Mahathir was also prime minister of Malaysia from July 1981 to October 2003.
Is a physician, and one of his nicknames is Dr. M.
After losing his first seat in parliament, wrote a book called “The Malay Dilemma.” The book contained racist stereotypes but helped establish Mahathir as an advocate for Malay rights.
Credited with turning Malaysia into a major trading and economic force in southeast Asia.
1946 – Joins the United Malays National Organization (UMNO).
1964 – Is elected to Parliament for the first time.
1969 – Loses his seat in Parliament and is expelled from the UMNO.
1972 – Returns to the UMNO.
1973 – Is appointed a Senator in the Malaysian parliament.
1974 – Is elected as minister of education.
1976 – Becomes deputy prime minister.
July 1981 – Becomes Malaysia’s fourth prime minister, minister of home affairs, and minister of justice.
January 1989 – Has heart bypass surgery.
1998 – Dismisses his deputy Anwar Ibrahim and accuses him of sodomy and corruption.
June 2002 – Announces his resignation.
September 2007 – Has heart bypass surgery following two heart attacks within 10 months.
May 16, 2008 – The Malaysian government announces it has begun an investigation into corruption by the Mahathir administration in the 1980s and 1990s.
May 19, 2008 – Mahathir resigns from the United Malays National Organization, the ruling party of Malaysia.
March 30, 2016 – Resigns as chairman of the board from Malaysian automaker Proton Holdings after serving more than two years. Proton is Malaysia’s leading auto manufacturer and was founded by Mahathir in 1983 as the sole National auto company.