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Treasury chief’s Delhi connection

The new man to handle the finances of the world’s largest economy, Timothy Geithner, had his elementary education in American Embassy School, New Delhi, and he remembered it while swearing in as Treasury Secretary.

world Updated: Jan 27, 2009 23:49 IST

The new man to handle the finances of the world’s largest economy, Timothy Geithner, had his elementary education in American Embassy School, New Delhi, and he remembered it while swearing in as Treasury Secretary.

“My father gave me, among many wonderful things, the important gift of showing me the world as a child.

He took us to live in Zambia and Rhodesia, then to India and Thailand, and from those places I saw America through the eyes of others,” Geithner said at his swearing-in ceremony here.

US-born Timothy attended elementary school in New Delhi, before moving to many other Asian cities and back to the US for his graduation and master’s.

His father, Peter F Geithner, was engaged with The Ford Foundation for 28 years, when he held various positions in Asia, including a position based in New Delhi as Deputy Representative for India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.