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Ben and Anna Bernanke


Here's information on the marriage of Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and hiw wife Anna Bernanke.

News Updates:

2/1/06: Ben Bernanke became chairman of the Federal Reserve.

10/24/05: Dr. Ben S. Bernanke was nominated to replace Alan Greenspan as chairman of the Federal Reserve.


Ben Shalom Bernanke was born on December 13, 1953, in Augusta, Georgia. He was raised in Dillon, South Carolina.

Anna Friedmann's birthdate information is still a mystery.

Wedding Date:

Ben and Anna were married on May 29, 1978.


Ben and Anna have two children.

  • Joel A. Bernanke was born on December 5, 1982. He attends Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He is interested in computer sciences.

  • Alyssa Gale Bernanke was born on June 21, 1986. She plans on attending St. John's College and enjoys reading, knitting, and crocheting.


An exceptional student throughout his life, Ben won the South Carolina state spelling bee when he was in the sixth grade. He earned the highest SAT scores (1590) of any South Carolina student when he applied to college. Ben received his degree in economic history (summa cum laude) in 1975 from Harvard University and received his doctorate in economics in 1979 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Anna received her B.A. from Wellesley College, and her M.A. from Stanford University.


Ben worked his way through college by being a waiter at South of the Border during his summer breaks. He was a professor at Stanford University, 1979-1985; a professor of economics and chairman of the economics department at Princeton University til 2002. Ben became the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers in June, 2005. He is a macroeconomist and author.

On October 24, 2005, Ben Bernanke was nominated to replace Alan Greenspan as chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Anna is a Spanish teacher at a private school, the National Cathedral School.

Books by Ben Bernanke:

Aside from several economics textbooks, Ben Bernanke has written:
  • "Essays on the Great Depression"
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  • "Inflation Targeting: Lessons from the International Experience"
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Ben, considered to be a quiet person with a quick wit, is said to be down-to-earth and a Boston Red Sox fan until he adopted the Washington Nationals as his hometown team.


Ben and Anna lived in Montgomery Township of New Jersey prior to their move to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Ben's family has a family beach house at the Grand Strand in South Carolina.

Quotes about Family and Marriage:

Ben Bernanke about his wife and children: "They've supported me through the ups and downs of public service, and I'm very grateful for that support. And I hope they'll bear with me for just a few more years."
Source: White House Press Release

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