Gary Gensler

Investment Banker + Government Official
Born Oct 18, 1957

Gary S. Gensler is the chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission under President Barack Obama. Gensler was Undersecretary of the Treasury (1999-2001) and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (1997-1999) in the United States. Barack Obama selected him to lead the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which has jurisdiction over $5 trillion in trades. Gensler was sworn in on May 26, 2009.… Read More

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1957 Birth Born on October 18, 1957.


1975 17 Years Old Gensler attended Pikesville Senior High School, graduating in 1975. … Read More


1986 28 Years Old Gensler lives in Baltimore with his three daughters, Anna, Lee and Isabel. Gensler was married to filmmaker and honored photo collagist Francesca Danieli from 1986 until her death from breast cancer in 2006. … Read More


1997 39 Years Old Gensler served in the United States Department of the Treasury as Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions from 1997-1999, then as Undersecretary for Domestic Finance from 1999-2001. … Read More


1999 41 Years Old In 1999 and 2000, under then-Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, Gensler fought for passage of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which exempted over-the-counter derivatives from regulation. … Read More
2001 43 Years Old After leaving the Clinton Administration in 2001, Gensler joined the staff of U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, as a senior advisor and helped write the Sarbanes-Oxley law to tighten accounting standards in the wake of the Enron and WorldCom scandals. … Read More


…  Gensler led the effort to pass and implement comprehensive oversight of the swaps market, which was at the center of the 2008 financial crisis. … Read More
2010 52 Years Old By the spring of 2010, the momentum in Congress was toward Gensler’s vision for derivatives oversight, and Congress passed comprehensive reform as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in July 2010. … Read More
2014 56 Years Old 1 More Event
By the time Gensler left the CFTC in January 2014, the agency was near completion of the rule-writing process to implement the Dodd-Frank Act. … Read More
2015 57 Years Old In May of 2015, Gensler was named chief financial officer of her campaign for the Democratic nomination.
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