Roger Lowenstein’s monumental profile of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke reveals a number of personal details about the economist, who shares little of his personal life with the press.
Here are four of the most interesting tidbits we learned:
- In his four years as Fed Chairman, Bernanke’s only vacations have been to see his parents and family in North Carolina.
- He works every day, even Thanksgiving and weekends.
- He and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner grab breakfast or dinner nearly every week.
- Unlike his mentor Milton Friedman, Bernanke believes that a credit crisis in the banking system was the real culprit of the decade-long Great Depression, not a lack of cash.
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