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John Key

John Key was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016, winning three general elections as leader of the centre-right National Party. When he retired from office New Zealand had one of the highest growth rates and best fiscal positions of any advanced economy.

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John Key's Biography

John Key was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016, winning three general elections as leader of the centre-right National Party.  He led the country through the aftermath of the global financial crisis and a series of devastating earthquakes in New Zealand's second-biggest city. When he retired from office New Zealand had one of the highest growth rates and best fiscal positions of any advanced economy. 

 

Mr Key was well respected in international affairs and chaired the International Democrat Union and the United Nations Security Council in 2016.

 

Prior to entering politics in 2002, Mr Key worked in investment banking for 20 years primarily for Bankers Trust in New Zealand and Merrill Lynch in Singapore London and Sydney. Mr Keys most recent positions included heading Merrill Lynchs global foreign exchange business along with responsibility for European derivative trading and E. Commerce. 

 

In 1999 Mr Key was invited to join the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

 

He grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he gained a degree in accountancy and later undertook short course studies at Harvard University

 

Mr Key is married to Bronagh and is father to Stephie and Max. He is a keen golfer and rugby fan.