A Global Life: My Journey Among Rich and Poor, from Sydney to Wall Street to the World Bank

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Pan Macmillan Australia, 2011 - 480 pagine
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As president of the World Bank for a decade, James Wolfensohn tackled world poverty with a passion and energy that made him a uniquely important figure in a fundamental arena of change. Using a lifetime of experience in the banking sector, he carved a distinct path in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe for the institution that serves as the major lender to the world's poor.In A Global Life, Wolfensohn tells his astonishing life story in his own words. A man of surpassing imagination and drive, he became an Olympic fencer and a prominent banker in London and New York. An Australian, he navigated Wall Street with uncommon skill. Chairman of Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center for many years, he is also an amateur cellist. But it was his tenure at the World Bank that made him an international force. While at the helm of this controversial institution, Wolfensohn motivated, schemed, charmed, and bullied all the constituencies at his command to broaden the distribution of the world's wealth. Now he bluntly assesses his successes and failures, reflecting on the causes of continuing poverty.Much more than a business story, this is a deeply reflective account of a fascinating career and personality.

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A GLOBAL LIFE: My Journey Among Rich and Poor, from Sydney to Wall Street to the World Bank

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The story of the author's unlikely ascent from middle-class Australian Jewish upbringing to Wall Street wealth, president of the World Bank and Middle East peace negotiator.Born in 1933, Wolfensohn ... Leggi recensione completa

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James D Wolfensohnwas born in Sydney on December 1, 1933. He holds a BA and LLB from the University of Sydney and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He served as an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, and was a member of the 1956 Australian Olympic Fencing Team. Wolfensohn was president of the World Bank from 1995 to 2005. Prior to joining the Bank, he established his career as an international investment banker with a parallel involvement in development issues and the global environment. Wolfensohn is a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society. He has been the recipient of many awards for his volunteer work, including the first David Rockefeller Prize of the Museum of Modern Art in New York for his work for culture and the arts. He and his wife, Elaine, have three children- Sara, Naomi, and Adam.Jill Margo is a Walkley-award winning Australian journalist and author. She has written extensively in the fields of business, finance and men's health, is a columnist for The Financial Review, and author of the bestselling books Man Maintenance, Man Maintenance II and Pushing the Limits, the biography of Frank Lowy. She lives in Rose Bay, NSW.

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