President Mutharika was born in Malawi in 1940. He earned a law degree at the University of London and then earned a LL.M degree and a JSD degree from Yale Law School. He taught at several African universities and Rutgers University in New Jersey. But he spent most of his career teaching at Washington University in St. Louis. In fact, he spent nearly 40 years on the faculty of the Washington University School of Law, retiring just three years ago. His brother Bingu wa Mutharika also was president of Malawi. He died in office in 2012 after suffering a heart attack.