1961: Born in Auckland.
1967: Alcoholic father George Key dies of a heart attack, leaving wife Ruth deep in debt. John Key and his two sisters are raised in Riccarton in a state house. Their mother works as a cleaner and night porter, and is ambitious for her children.
1973-78: Burnside High School, where he meets future wife Bronagh.
1979-81: Canterbury University, BCom in accounting.
1982: Auditor for McCulloch Menzies (later Deloittes), Christchurch.
1982-85: Projects manager, Lane Walker Rudkin, Christchurch.
1984: Marries Bronagh, with whom he goes on to have two children.
1985-1988: Currency trader Elders Merchant Finance.
1988-1995: Head of forex Bankers Trust, Auckland.
1995: Managing director Asian forex, Merrill Lynch, Singapore.
1995-2001: Head of global forex, Merrill Lynch, London.
2001: Head of debt markets, Merrill Lynch, Australia.
2002: Elected National MP for Helensville.
2004: Finance spokesman, National.
2007: Don Brash resigns in the wake of publication of The Hollow Men, John Key becomes leader in an uncontested ballot.
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