A lifelong dream for Joe Biden comes true later with his inauguration as the 46th president. Third time proved the charm for Mr Biden – though there were some bumps along the way.
Unlike previous attempts in 1987 and 2008, he entered the 2020 race for the Democratic nomination as the de facto frontrunner, the best-known in the field.
Mr Biden’s lower-key election campaign style contrasted with President Donald Trump’s larger rallies as the Democrat portrayed himself as more responsible on observing coronavirus measures.
Although former President Barack Obama called him the “best vice-president America has ever had”, Mr Biden’s record from four decades in public office came under attack. So who is Joe Biden and how did he become the next US president?