Bernanke's Life in Photos

Ben Bernanke: A Life The nerd from Dillon, South Carolina rises to the most powerful job in American banking
Courtesy Bernanke Family

Bigger Things
Bernanke spent summers working construction at a hospital and waiting tables at the South of the Border tourist trap, experiences that helped him appreciate working class values. He eventually would move on to Harvard, where he drifted through three majors before settling on economics.

Get the Latest Photos from
Get TIME photos and pictures of the week delivered directly to your inbox.