Condoleezza Rice is the only child of Angelena Rice and John Wesley Rice; Rice has never married and has no children. Rice's mother died of breast cancer in 1985; her father then married Clara Bailey in 1989. Rice was briefly engaged to American football player Rick Upchurch in the 1970s, but the relationship didn't work out. Rice served as the 66th secretary of state during President George W. Bush's administration, following Colin Powell.
Rice was born in Birmingham, Alabama and excelled in academics from an early age. She went on to study political science at the University of Denver and obtained a master's degree in political science from Notre Dame in 1975. Rice originally identified as a Democrat but later changed her political affiliation to Republican because she disagreed with President Jimmy Carter's foreign policy.
Rice was the first female African-American secretary of state; in both 2004 and 2005, Forbes named her the most powerful woman in the world. Hillary Clinton succeeded her as secretary of state following the election of Barack Obama in 2008.
As of 2015, Rice is a faculty member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and director of its Global Center for Business and the Economy.