10 Things You Didn’t Know About Timothy Geithner

Timothy Geithner was named Barack Obama's treasury secretary.

Timothy Geithner

Timothy Geithner

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1. Timothy Franz Geithner was born Aug. 18, 1961.

2. As a result of his father's work with the government and the Ford Foundation, Geithner spent much of his childhood in Africa and East Asia.

3. He went to junior high in India and completed his high school education at the International School of Bangkok in Thailand.

4. Following in his father's footsteps, Geithner graduated from Dartmouth and then received his master's degree in 1985 from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

5. After completing his education, Geithner married his college sweetheart from Dartmouth, Carole Sonnenfeld, in June 1985.

6. Both his mother and mother-in-law were involved in music. Deborah Geithner was a piano teacher and Portia Sonnenfeld was a conductor of the Chamber Symphony of Princeton.

7. His first job out of college was with Kissinger Associates, helping Henry Kissinger research a book. He left there and joined the Treasury Department in 1988.

8. Geithner earned his spurs at Treasury in the 1990s, helping manage international economic crises in Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, and Thailand.

9. Geithner has been president of the New York Federal Reserve since 2003.

10. He is a fly fisherman who has plied his craft in Canada, on the East Coast, and in Jackson Hole, Wyo., at the annual meeting of the Fed. He also partakes of more active sports such as surfing, skiing, and tennis.


  • Associated Press
  • New York Times
  • Financial Times
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • International School Bangkok
  • Columbia University