Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu is an Israeli leader and the current Prime Minister of Israel. He serves also as the Chairman of the Likud Party, as a Knesset member, as the Health Minister of Israel, as the ... Wikipedia
Born: October 21, 1949 (age 62), Tel Aviv
Spouse: Sara Ben-Artzi (m. 1991), Fleur Cates (m. 1981–1984), Miriam Weizmann
 
 
... After graduating from high school in 1967, Netanyahu returned to Israel to enlist in the IDF. He trained as a combat soldier and became a team leader in an elite special forces unit of the IDF, Sayeret Matkal. He was involved in many missions, including the rescue of the hijacked Sabena Flight 571 in May 1972 in which he was wounded by friendly fire.[11] He took part in numerous cross-border assault raids during the War of Attrition. During the 1973 Yom Kippur War, he fought in special forces raids along the Suez Canal, as well as leading a commando team deep into Syrian territory.

After his army service Netanyahu returned to the United States, studied and earned an S.B.[12] degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology[13] in 1975, an S.M.[12] degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1977. At that time he changed his name to Benjamin Ben Nitai (Nitai, a reference to both Mount Nitai and to the eponymous Jewish sage Nittai of Arbela, was a pen name often used by his father for articles).[10] Years later, in an interview with the media, Netanyahu clarified that he decided to do so to make it easier for Americans to pronounce his name. This fact has been used by his political rivals to accuse him indirectly of a lack of Israeli national identity and loyalty.[14]

In 1976 Netanyahu lost his older brother Yonatan Netanyahu. Yonatan was serving as the commander of Benjamin's former unit, the Sayeret Matkal, and was killed in action during the counter-terrorism hostage-rescue mission Operation Entebbe in which his unit rescued more than 100 Israeli hostages hijacked by Palestinian terrorists and flown to the Entebbe Airport in Uganda.

While studying, Netanyahu worked at the Boston Consulting Group in Boston, Massachusetts, where he met future Governor of Massachusetts and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.[15]

After graduating in 1977 Netanyahu returned to Israel and had a brief career as a furniture company's chief marketing officer. Between 1978 and 1980 he ran the Jonathan Netanyahu anti-Terror Institute,[9] a non-governmental organization devoted to the study of terrorism; the Institute held a number of international conferences focused on the discussion of international terrorism. During this period Netanyahu made his first connections with several Israeli politicians, including Minister Moshe Arens, who appointed him as his Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., a position he held from 1982 until 1984.[citation needed]

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David Petraeus
 
 
 
 
General David Howell Petraeus is the current Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He was sworn in on September 6, 2011. Wikipedia
Born: November 7, 1952 (age 59), Cornwall on Hudson
Education: Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (1995), Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (1987), Command and General Staff College (1983), United States Military Academy (1974), Cornwall Central High School (1970)
Awards: Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit
 
 
From late 2005 through February 2007,[26] Petraeus served as Commanding General of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center (CAC) located there. As commander of CAC, Petraeus was responsible for oversight of the Command and General Staff College and seventeen other schools, centers, and training programs as well as for developing the Army's doctrinal manuals, training the Army's officers, and supervising the Army's center for the collection and dissemination of lessons learned. During his time at CAC, Petraeus and Marine Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis jointly oversaw the publication of Field Manual 3-24, Counterinsurgency, the body of which was written by an extraordinarily diverse group of military officers, academics, human rights advocates, and journalists who had been assembled by Petraeus and Mattis.[27][28] Additionally, at both Fort Leavenworth and throughout the military's schools and training programs, Petraeus integrated the study of counterinsurgency into lesson plans and training exercises. In recognition of the fact that soldiers in Iraq often performed duties far different than those they trained for, Petraeus also stressed the importance of teaching soldiers how to think as well as how to fight and the need to foster flexibility and adaptability in leaders,[29][30] he has been called "the world's leading expert in counter-insurgency warfare".[31] Later, having refined his ideas on counterinsurgency based on the implementation of the new counterinsurgency doctrine in Iraq, he published both in Iraq as well as in the Sep/Oct 2008 edition of Military Review his "Commander's Counterinsurgency Guidance" to help guide leaders and units in the Multi-National Force-Iraq.[32]
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Rahm Emanuel
55th Mayor of Chicago
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 16, 2011
Preceded by Richard M. Daley
23rd White House Chief of Staff
In office
January 20, 2009 – October 1, 2010
President Barack Obama
Deputy Mona Sutphen
Jim Messina
Preceded by Joshua Bolten
Succeeded by Pete Rouse (Acting)
Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Jim Clyburn
Succeeded by John Larson
Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Bob Matsui
Succeeded by Chris Van Hollen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 5th district
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Rod Blagojevich
Succeeded by Mike Quigley
Senior Advisor to the President
for Policy and Strategy
In office
1993–1998
President Bill Clinton
Personal details
Born Rahm Israel Emanuel[1]
November 29, 1959 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) ‹See Tfd›

Amy Rule (m. 1994)

Children Zachariah (b. 1999)
Ilana (b. 2000)
Leah (b. 2002)
Alma mater Sarah Lawrence College (B.A.)
Northwestern University (M.A.)
Religion Modern Orthodox Judaism
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Rahm Israel Emanuel (/ˈrɑːm/; born November 29, 1959) is an American politician who has served as the 55th Mayor of Chicago since 2011. He is Chicago's first Jewish mayor. Emanuel previously served as the White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2010, a Member of the United States House of Representatives representing Illinois's 5th congressional district from 2003 to 2009, and as senior advisor to President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1998. A member of the Democratic Party, Emanuel also served as the Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from 2005 to 2007 and as the Chair of the House Democratic Caucus from 2007 to 2009.

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Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg in 2007
108th Mayor of New York City
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 1, 2002
Preceded by Rudy Giuliani
Personal details
Born Michael Rubens Bloomberg
February 14, 1942 (age 70)
Brighton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic Party (until 2001)
Republican Party (2001–2007)
Independent (2007–present)
Domestic partner Diana Taylor
Children Georgina Bloomberg
Emma Bloomberg
Residence Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Johns Hopkins University (BS)
Harvard University (MBA)
Occupation Businessman, politician, philanthropist
Religion Reform Judaism
Net worth Increase US$ 25 billion (2012)[1]
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Website Official NYC Mayoral website
MikeBloomberg.com

Michael Rubens Bloomberg (born February 14, 1942) is an American business magnate, politician and philanthropist. He is currently Mayor of New York City. With a net worth of $25 billion in 2012, he is also the 10th-richest person in the United States.[1] He is the founder and 88% owner of Bloomberg L.P., a financial data-services firm.[2][3][4]

A Democrat before seeking elective office, Bloomberg switched his registration in 2001 and ran for mayor as a Republican, winning the election that year and a second term in 2005. Bloomberg left the Republican Party over policy and philosophical disagreements with national party leadership in 2007. In 2008, Bloomberg campaigned to change the city's term limits law and ran for his third term in 2009 as an Independent candidate on the Republican ballot line. He was frequently mentioned as a possible Independent candidate for the 2008 presidential election and his departure from the Republican Party fueled further speculation.[5] There was also speculation that he would run as a vice-presidential candidate.[6] Bloomberg did not, however, seek the presidency nor was he selected as a running mate by any of the presidential candidates.

Wealth

In March 2012, Forbes reported Bloomberg’s wealth at $22 billion, ranking him 20th in the world and 11th in the United States.[29] In March 2009, Forbes reported Bloomberg's wealth at $16 billion, a gain of $4.5 billion over the previous year, enjoying the world's biggest increase in wealth in 2009.[30] At that time, there were only four fortunes in the U.S. that were larger (although the Wal-Mart family fortune is split among four people). He moved from 142nd to 17th in the Forbes list of the world's billionaires in only two years (March 2007 – March 2009)

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Henry Paulson
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74th United States Secretary of the Treasury
In office
July 10, 2006 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by John W. Snow
Succeeded by Timothy Geithner
CEO of Goldman Sachs
In office
1999–2006
Preceded by Jon Corzine
Succeeded by Lloyd Blankfein
Personal details
Born Henry Merritt Paulson, Jr.
March 28, 1946 (age 67)
Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Political party Republican Party
Spouse(s) Wendy Paulson
Children Henry Merritt Paulson III
Amanda Clark Paulson
Alma mater Dartmouth College (A.B.)
Harvard Business School (M.B.A.)
Profession Investment Banker
Religion Christian Science
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