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Ben Bernanke

Born: Dec. 13, 1953

Birthplace: Augusta, Ga.

Childhood home: Dillon

Family: Wife, Anna; two children

Education: Bachelor's degree (summa cum laude), economics, Harvard University; Ph.D., economics, MIT

Position: Chairman, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve, 2006-present

Previous posts: head of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, 2005-06; Federal Reserve Board of Governors member, 2002-05; economics professor at Princeton University, 1985-2002