Janet Yellen is soon to be the first woman to be the chair of the US Federal Reserve – the most powerful job in the world economy.
The 67-year-old was an academic for many years, and also served as chair of President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and president of the San Francisco Fed. She became vice-chair of the Fed in 2010 and has been the frontrunner for the chairmanship since Larry Summers rescinded his nomination.
A graduate of Brown University and Yale, she is married to the Nobel Prize-winning economist George Akerlof, and has one son.
Her track record of calling events like the housing bubble long before they occur has built her a strong fan base. We look at what’s been written about her and what that says about her likely stance as Fed chair. Read more