Goh Chok Tong was born in Singapore on 20 May 1941. Since his father died when he was nine and his mother worked as a teacher during the day, Goh and his four younger brothers and sisters were raised mainly by relatives. He earned first class honors at the University of Singapore, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1964. Two years later, he was awarded a Master of Arts degree in development economics from Williams College in the United States. He is married to Tan Choo Leng, a lawyer. They have two children.