Born and raised in Amiens, about 70 miles from Paris, Mr. Macron is the eldest of three children. Both parents are doctors. He attended a parochial school founded by Jesuits. When he was 15, he met Brigitte Trogneux, a teacher of French and drama with whom he fell in love. About 24 years his senior, she tried initially to discourage him, but he was determined and she was eventually smitten.
She ultimately divorced her first husband and the father of her three children. The student and his teacher married in 2007.
A product of top schools, including the prestigious Sciences Po and the École Nationale d’Administration, Mr. Macron won a coveted place in an elite auditing body at the Finance Ministry before leaving to join the investment bank Rothschild & Company.
Although he knew little about investment banking, in four years at the firm Mr. Macron was promoted from director to managing director. By 2014, at 36, he was appointed minister of economy under France’s current Socialist president, François Hollande.