Alan Greenspan

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Alan Greenspan (born 1926) is an American economist who was Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board from 1987 to 2006, when he was succeeded by Ben Bernanke. In 2008, Greenspan began working for John Paulson's hedge fund. [1]

He has been blamed for mishandling the financial markets, thus facilitating the Financial Crisis of 2008. He confessed to Congress he never thought the crash could happen.

As a top advisor to President Ronald Reagan he led the successful 1983 refinancing of the Social Security system that put it on a sound financial basis for the next 75 years.

Greenspan wrote a memoir titled The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World, published September 17, 2007.[2][3]

Personal life

He is a close friend and follower of libertarian writer Ayn Rand.[2] He dated journalist Barbara Walters in the late 1970s.[2] In 1984, at age 58, Greenspan began dating journalist Andrea Mitchell who is 20 years younger. In 1997, they were married by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.[4][5]


  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Kinsley, Michael. "Greenspan Shrugged", The New York Times, October 14, 2007. Retrieved on March 20, 2016. Archived from the original on November 14, 2007. 
  3. Henderson, Nell. "Greenspan Unconcerned About Housing", The Washington Post, November 7, 2006. Retrieved on March 20, 2016. 
  4. Stephen Kotkin. "The Boy Behind the Global Theories", New York Times, October 7, 2007. Retrieved on March 20, 2016. 
  5. "Alan Greenspan, Andrea Mitchell", New York Times, April 6, 1997. 

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