Nicos Anastasiades was born in Pera Pedi, Limassol, Cyprus on 27 September 1946.
He studied Law at the University of Athens and pursued a Masters degree in Maritime Law at the University of London. He practiced law from 1972 until the day he was elected President of the Republic of Cyprus, on 24 February 2013, by winning the run-off presidential election with a 57.4% vote majority.
He was elected President of the ‘Democratic Rally’ political party for the first time in 1997 and re-elected in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2012.
He was a member of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus (MP-Democratic Rally) from 1981 until his election to the Presidency of the Republic. During his lengthy term Nicos Anastasiades had served the Parliament in various positions: he was elected Vice President of the House of Representatives for the years 1996-2001; Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs; Chairman of the Committee on Educational Affairs; Chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs; Vice-Chairman and member of many other Committees.
In 1971 he married Mrs Antri Moustakoudi and they have two daughters, Elsa and Ino. He has four grandchildren, Andys, Nicholas, Giorgos and Nicos.