Born in 1947 in the northern Lebanese district (Kaza) of Koura. He graduated from University of Texas in Austin with a BSc Civil engineering and joined Oger Saudi and Oger International, companies founded by the late, former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. In 1992 he entered politics, winning the Greek Orthodox parliamentary seat in the Kaza of Koura. He was re-elected in 1996, 2000 and 2005. Between 1995-1996, Makari was appointed Information Minister in the Government of Rafik Hariri and in 2005, he established himself as one of the prominent figures in the Cedar Revolution following Hariri's assassination. The Koura constituents chose to elect him to Parliament for a fourth term as part of the majority March 14 bloc and he was appointed Deputy Speaker of Parliament, a position from which he has since adopted many strong political stands.