Born: Ben Shalom Bernanke, 1953, in Augusta, Georgia. Grew up in Dillon, South Carolina. Father owned a drugstore.
Family: He and wife Anna have two children, Alyssa and Joel
Education: Excelled at school and became South Carolina spelling bee champion at 11. BA in economics from Harvard University (1975); PhD in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1979)
Career: Taught economics at Stanford University (1979-1985) and Princeton University (1985-2002); editor of American Economic Review (2001 -2004). Appointed by President George W Bush as governor of Federal Reserve Bank (2002). Chairman of president's Council of Economic Advisers (2005-)fonte: Guardian