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5 Facts About Janet Yellen You Probably Didn't Know

By    |   Monday, 15 June 2015 03:16 PM

Most people know the career trajectory of Janet Yellen, who has risen from the position of Harvard assistant professor to become the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve System, as well as the first Democratic nominee to helm the central bank since 1979.

As the overseer of the country's central bank, Yellen is the most influential member of financial committee that determines United States interest rates. But there are many lesser-known facts about the powerful 68-year-old economist. Here are five:

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1. Yellen has a stamp collection valued between $15,000 and $50,000, which she inherited from her mother. It has apparently been owned by the family for many years, according to The Washington Post, citing Yellen's 2012 financial disclosure.

2. Yellen met her husband, fellow economist and 2001 Nobel Prize winner George Akerlof while working at the Fed in 1971 in between teaching stints, according to The New Yorker.

3. When Yellen was 57, she ran a 13-mile half-marathon in about three hours, according to Fortune. She began running while teaching at the University of California-Berkley.

4. Yellen was the editor of her high school newspaper at Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, where she was also the valedictorian. It was a school tradition for the editor to interview the valedictorian, so she interviewed herself in 1963, according to The New York Times.

5. She studied geology in high school. "In my junior year I studied geology on Saturday mornings at the Museum of Natural History," she wrote in 1963. "Mineralogy has always been a major interest. I've been collecting rocks since I was 8 and have over 200 different specimens. Last year I went on field trips in New Jersey and Connecticut."


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Janet Yellen became the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve System as well as the first Democratic nominee to helm the central bank since 1979. But there are many lesser-known facts about the powerful 68-year-old economist.
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