POLITICS: John Key - A snapshot

Last updated 01:37 03/02/2008

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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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