Michelle Obama – formally Michelle Robinson – was born on January 17, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois. She skipped the second grade at school and by sixth grade; Michelle joined a gifted class at Bryn Mawr Elementary School. She attended Whitney Young High School, Chicago's first magnet high school, where she was on the honor roll four years, took advanced placement classes, was a member of the National Honor Society and served as student council treasurer.
When she graduated high school in 1981, she went on to study a Bachelor of Arts at Princeton University and graduated from there in 1985. Michelle met Barack Obama She met Barack Obama when she was assigned to mentor him while he was a summer associate at a law firm where she worked on marketing and intellectual property. In 1992, they got married and now have two daughters – Malia Ann and Natasha.
Following law school, Michelle held several high positions in the Chicago government such as Assistant to the Mayor, and as Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development. In 1996, she changed jobs and worked as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago, where she even developed the University's Community Service Center.
Since 2005 she has been working as Vice President for Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Hospitals. Michelle’s salary was $273,618 from the University of Chicago Hospitals, while Obama had a salary of $157,082 from the United States Senate. This meant that the total Obama income was $991,296 including $51,200 that Michelle earned as a member of the board of directors of TreeHouse Foods, plus investments and royalties from Obama’s books.
While some may thing Michelle plays second string to her famous husband, she is a star in her own right. In May 2006, Essence magazine listed her among "25 of the World's Most Inspiring Women”, and in July 2007, Vanity Fair magazine listed her among "10 of the World's Best Dressed People."