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.
Anna Friedmann's birthdate information is still a mystery.
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.
Books by Ben Bernanke:Aside from several economics textbooks, Ben Bernanke has written:
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