Wen Jiabao

Premier of China between 2003 and 2013, Wen Jiabao served as vice-premier between 1998 and 2002. Wen, who was born in 1942, spent 14 years working in Gansu province’s geological bureau before being promoted in 1982 to vice-minister of geology and mineral resources. Wen graduated from the Beijing Institute of Geology in 1968 and has a master’s degree in geology. He was a member of the Politburo Standing Committee between 2002 and 2012. 


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A Bad Week for … , October 28, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 October, 2012, 3:10am

Premier Wen Jiabao

Just when retirement seemed within reach, Beijing's No2 leader was rocked by revelations in an exposé in The New York Times about the vast wealth built up by his family while he has been in office. Even Wen's 90-year-old mother was, apparently, in on the act, amassing a US$120 million stake in financial service giant Ping An Insurance. The Foreign Ministry condemned the allegations - but did not deny them.


Jerome Kerviel

France's most famous rogue trader lost his appeal against a five-year jail sentence for running covert stock market deals, while working for Societe Generale. And it won't get any better for Kerviel when he gets out of prison - he'll start the onerous process of paying off a €4.9 billion (HK$49 billion) fine. If he takes a job at France's minimum wage, it will take a mere 370,000 years to clear his debt.


Ban Ki-moon

The UN secretary general admitted that he ceded his place as the world's most famous South Korean - having been usurped by the Gangnam Style rapper, Psy. But he had the last word when the pair met at UN headquarters in New York. "You are so cool. I hope you can end global warming," he joked.



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