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. 

 

The economics of leadership

'It's become like a new science,' said Huang Haizhou, a Beijing-based investment banker. 'Call it China's 'succession economics'. It will be hot every 10 years, when a leadership succession is about to take place.'