Blair to Take Over Wolfowitz’s Post?
Posted on May 18, 2007
With Paul Wolfowitz soon to be between jobs, the task of finding his successor as World Bank president is under way, and, according to at least one bank insider, outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair may be a prime candidate.
Nobel prize-winner Joe Stiglitz, a former senior vice president at the World Bank, said: “He is one of the people that is clearly being discussed.”
Mr Blair is expected to cash in on his international contacts after quitting Downing Street on 27 June and his agent said he would quit as an MP if “a big international job” came up.
Mr Stiglitz said the World Bank would probably prefer an economist with experience in development - which some pundits argue effectively rules out the prime minister, who has often admitted to being shaky at maths.
AP Photo / Sang Tan
Tony on the go: Blair may take over as World Bank president.