Here are some key dates in the life of Grace Mugabe, wife of resigned president Robert Mugabe, whose ambitions to succeed him largely led to a military takeover. July 23, 1965: Grace Marufu is born in South Africa. 1996: Aged 31, she marries Robert Mugabe, 72, for whom she had been working as a secretary and having an affair. The couple already have two children. 2002: She is included in an EU asset freeze and visa ban against members of Zimbabwe's political and military elite.