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Ben Bernanke: the Federal Reserve's self-effacing champion of regulation

"Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, is unassuming. He has an academic beard and, no matter how well-dressed he is, his clothes always look nondescript. When he speaks during press conferences, his eyes get moist and his voice takes on a nervous, shaky tinge. He has been in the middle of crisis after crisis during his term, and yet, for the most part, he has faded into the background where more brash or foul-mouthed figures like former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner came to the forefront.