Christine Lagarde

Diplomat + Politician and Lawyer and 11th Managing Director of the Imf
Born Jan 1, 1956

Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde is a French lawyer and politician from the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) who has been the managing director of the International Monetary Fund since 5 July 2011. Previously, she held various ministerial posts in the French government: she was Minister of Economic Affairs, Finances and Industry and before that Minister of Agriculture and Fishing and Minister of Trade in the government of Dominique de Villepin.… Read More

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  • Protectionism A Scourge? Maybe Not In Africa
    Yahoo News - Oct 08, 2016
  • Imf Chief Gives Deutsche Bank Tough Advice, Says Need Deal On Fine
    Yahoo News - Oct 07, 2016
  • Christine Lagarde: Automation Could Open Up New Jobs
    Wall Street Journal - Oct 03, 2016
  • Imf Leader Cites 'historic Milestone' For China
    ABC News - Sep 30, 2016


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1956 Birth Born on January 1, 1956.


1973 17 Years Old After her baccalauréat in 1973, she went on an American Field Service scholarship to the Holton-Arms School for girls in Bethesda, Maryland. … Read More


1981 25 Years Old Lagarde joined Baker & McKenzie, a large Chicago-based international law firm, in 1981. … Read More


1995 39 Years Old She joined the executive committee in 1995 and was elected the company's first ever female Chairman in October 1999.


2004 48 Years Old In 2004, Lagarde became president of the global strategic committee.
2005 49 Years Old As France's Trade Minister between 2005 and May 2007, Lagarde prioritized opening new markets for the country's products, focusing on the technology sector.


2007 51 Years Old On 18 May 2007, she was moved to the Ministry of Agriculture as part of the government of François Fillon. … Read More
2010 54 Years Old She was the only member of the French political class to condemn Jean-Paul Guerlain's racist remarks of 2010.
On 25 May 2011, Lagarde announced her candidacy to be head of the IMF to succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn upon his resignation. … Read More
2012 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In an interview in May 2012, Lagarde was asked about crisis-stricken Greece, but opted for a less than sympathetic response. … Read More
…  On 20 March 2013, Lagarde's apartment in Paris was raided by French police as part of the investigation.
…  In 2014, Lagarde was ranked the 5th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine.
As the crisis peaked again in summer 2015, Lagarde's organization made headlines by calling for massive debt relief for Greece, a call she reiterated personally. … Read More


2016 60 Years Old She was re-elected by consensus for a second five-year term, starting 5 July 2016, being the only candidate nominated for the post of managing director. … Read More
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