Alan Greenspan Fast Facts

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan speaks during a forum on the US economy at the Newseum on May 1, 2012, in Washington, DC.

Here's a look at the life of former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

Birth date: March 6, 1926
Birth place: New York, New York
Birth name: Alan Greenspan
    Father: Herbert Greenspan, a stockbroker
    Mother: Rose (Goldsmith) Greenspan
    Marriages: Andrea Mitchell (1997-present); Joan Mitchell (1952-1953, annulled)
    Education: New York University, B.S., 1948; New York University, M.A., 1950; New York University, Ph.D., 1977
    Other Facts:
    Studied music at Juilliard and toured the country playing tenor sax and clarinet with The Henry Jerome Orchestra.
    Was a close friend of writer Ayn Rand.
    1948-1953 - Works at the National Industrial Conference Board.
    1953 - Opens economic consulting firm Townsend-Greenspan & Co. with William Townsend.
    1968 - Volunteers for the Richard Nixon presidential campaign.
    1974-1977 - Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.
    1977-1987 - After Jimmy Carter is inaugurated as president, Greenspan returns to Townsend-Greenspan & Co.
    1981-1983 - Chairman of the National Commission on Social Security Reform.
    June 2, 1987 - Is nominated to be chairman of the Federal Reserve by President Ronald Reagan.
    July 31, 1987 - Townsend-Greenspan & Co. formally closes.
    August 11, 1987 - Is sworn in as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
    September 26, 2002 - Receives the honorary title Knight of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II.
    November 9, 2005 - Is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.
    January 31, 2006 - Retires as Federal Reserve chairman.
    2006 - Opens the consulting firm Greenspan Associates.
    September 17, 2007 - Greenspan's book, "The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World," is published.
      October 22, 2013 - Greenspan's book, "The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting," is published.
      October 2018 - "Capitalism in America: A History," a book written by Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge, is published.