He is married to Isabelle and a father of three children. He graduated from the ESCP European Business School in Paris.
Michel BARNIER engaged at an early age in the Gaullist party in his native Savoie and was elected at the age of 27 as Member of the French National Assembly, and then as President of the department. In that capacity he organized, together with three-time Olympic champion Jean-Claude KILLY, the XVI Olympic Winter Games in 1992 in Albertville.
Michel BARNIER has been a minister in several governments in France, as Minister of Environment (1993-1995), for European affairs (1995-1997), for Foreign affairs (2004-2005) and for Agriculture and Fisheries (2007-2009).
From 1999 to 2004, he was European Commissioner responsible for Regional policy and Institutional reform. In 2007, the newly elected French President Nicolas SARKOZY appointed him Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.
In June 2009, Michel BARNIER led the French campaign for the European elections and a few months later he was appointed European Commissioner for Internal market and Services. It is in this capacity that he proposed and built the Banking Union, with the support of President José Manuel BARROSO.