He was born on December 19, 1962. His father, Olusola Abubakar Saraki, was a revered political leader, and former senate leader in the second republic. His grandfather, Muktairu was a businessman in Abidjan, the commercial capital of Cote d’Ivoire.
Dr Bukola Saraki began his formal education at Corona School at Victoria Island Lagos in 1966 at the age of 4. While at Corona, he was also a pupil of Iya Alaso-Oke Mosque, Oke-Arin Quranic School, in the same Lagos. Between 1973 and 1978, he was at King’s College, Lagos where he sat for West African school Certificate. He moved abroad in 1979 to enroll at Cheltenham College in United Kingdom and later joined the famous London Hospital College, University of London where he bagged MMBS (London) in 19987.
Dr. Bukola saraki had worked as a doctor, a banker and of late, politician. At inception of his career, he was a medical officer at Rush Green Hospital Essex, London, and later became senior casualty officer at Royal Free Hospital in the same London.
He took to banking in 1989 as he joined Societe Generale Bank (Nig.) ltd, a family bank that later went under.
In the year 2000, the federal government appointed him as a Special Assistant to the President on Budget where he worked with the ministry of finance, and representatives of national assembly in ensuring budget from policy formulation to specific implementation strategies and capital appropriation.
He was actively involved in all negotiations with the World Bank and international monetary fund (IMF) on behalf of the country, Nigeria.
As Special Assistant on Budget, Dr. Bukola Saraki served on the economic policy co-ordination committee, the highest economic policy body in Nigeria that was responsible for the formulation and Implementation of key economic measures.
He later became the chairman of the committee between 2000-2001. Dr. Bukola Saraki has attended various courses both at home and abroad. These include, ‘Advocate credit analyses at London D.C Gardner (1992), ‘Executive Management
Programme’ at London American Express (1993), private and public sector working together at Washington (1997), ‘values and vision ‘at Malaysia (1998) as well as ‘Nigeria in the global situation ‘at Lagos business school in 1998.
A bonafide member of the Nigeria Medical Council, British Medical Doctor Council, British Medical Doctor Council, World Young Presidents Organisation, board of trustees John Kennedy Performing Arts Centre, Washington and FITC Governing Council, Dr. Bukola Saraki contested the governorship election of April 19, 2003 in Kwara State on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and won overwhelmingly.
He was sworn in as the 18th chief executive governor of Kwara State on 29th May, 2003, and was reelected in 2007.
In 2011, he won election to the Senate on the platform of the All Progressive Congress, APC, after he dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He represented the Kwara Central in the senate, and in 2015, he was reelected to the senate. He however, emerged as the Senate President of the 8th national assembly in controversial circumstances on 9 June 2015.
He was accused of hiding his assets in tax haven in the leaked documents dubbed Panama Papers. But he denied owning the assets linked to him, explaining that they belonged to his father-in-law.
He has been facing charges of false assets declaration preferred against him by the Federal government, and forging the senate rule book to become the senate president.
Dr. Bukola Saraki is married to a legal practitioner, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, daughter of popular Lagos prince, Otunba Adekunle Ojora and Erelu Joy Ojora. The marriage is blessed with four children, among them a set of twins.
He has received several awards. They include but not limited to: Best governor in Africa award from Kenneth Kaduna foundation, Doctorate honorary award from University of Port Harcourt, Best governor of the year 2005 from This Day Newspaper and City People, The Turaki of Ilorin, Olu Omo of Owo Land, Saduki of Kaima