During the early 2000s, this Golkar Party politician served as Vice President of Indonesia under the administrations of Presidents Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and
After earning an economics degree from Hasanuddin University, he headed his family's business. He later attended business school at INSEAD in France.
In the late 1980s, he began serving in the People's Consultative Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia.
He and his wife, Mufidah, became parents to children named Chaerani, Muchlisa, Imelda, Muswira, and Solichin.
Two decades apart, he and Adam Malik held office as Vice President of Indonesia.