Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke is speculated to retire at the end of this year, and many are looking at his vice-chair, Janet Yellen, as a potential successor.
Janet Yellen is a generally liberal economist that has focused much of her career on unemployment. She has a reputation for being funny and down to earth. If named, she would be the 15th chairman and first woman to lead the United States’ central banking system. Yellen has worked on and off for the Federal Reserve since 1977, and has also taught economics at Harvard and the University of California, Berkley.