Kwasi Kwarteng parents were born in Ghana in the 1940s. They came to Britain as students in the 1960s, studied hard and encouraged me to do the same. At age thirteen, he was very fortunate to win a scholarship to Eton College. After finishing there, he read history at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he earned Bachelor and PhD degrees in British History, and was part of the series-winning team on University Challenge. He then worked as a financial analyst, journalist and author. His book, Ghosts of Empire, about the global legacy of the British Empire, was published last year. He was elected a Conservative Member of Parliament for Spelthorne in May 2010.