President of the World Bank Group

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President of World Bank Group
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Kristalina Georgieva

since February 1, 2019
Term lengthFive years, renewable

The President of the World Bank Group is the head of World Bank Group. The president is responsible for chairing the meetings of the Boards of Directors and for overall management of the World Bank Group. Traditionally, the World Bank Group President has always been an American citizen nominated by the United States, the largest shareholder in the World Bank Group. The nominee is subject to confirmation by the Board of Executive Directors, to serve for a five-year, renewable term. While most World Bank Group presidents have had banking experience, some have not.[1][2]

List of Presidents[edit]

  Denotes an Acting President of the World Bank Group
# Portrait Name Dates Nationality Background
1 EugeneMeyer.jpg Eugene Meyer 1946  United States Newspaper publisher
2 John J. McCloy - Project Gutenberg etext 20587.jpg John J. McCloy 1947–1949  United States Lawyer and US Assistant Secretary of War
3 Eugene R Black.jpg Eugene R. Black, Sr. 1949–1963  United States Bank executive with Chase Manhattan Bank and executive director with the World Bank
4 George Woods 1963–1968  United States Bank executive with First Boston Corporation
5 Robert McNamara official portrait.jpg Robert McNamara 1968–1981  United States US Secretary of Defense, business executive with Ford Motor Company
6 Alden W. Clausen 1981–1986  United States Lawyer, bank executive with Bank of America
7 Barber Conable.jpg Barber Conable 1986–1991  United States New York State Senator and US Congressman
8 Lewis T. Preston 1991–1995  United States Bank executive with J.P. Morgan & Co.
9 James D. Wolfensohn 2003.jpg Sir James Wolfensohn 1995–2005  Australia
 United States[note 1]
Corporate lawyer and banker
10 Paul Wolfowitz.jpg Paul Wolfowitz 2005–2007  United States Various cabinet and government positions; US Ambassador to Indonesia, US Deputy Secretary of Defense
11 Zoellick, Robert (official portrait 2008).jpg Robert Zoellick 2007–2012  United States Bank executive with Goldman Sachs, Deputy Secretary of State and US Trade Representative
12 Jim Yong Kim (cropped).jpg Jim Yong Kim 2012–2019  South Korea
 United States
Korean-American physician and anthropologist, co-founder of Partners in Health and 17th President of Dartmouth College.[3]
Kristalina Georgieva.jpg Kristalina Georgieva
2019-present  Bulgaria


  1. ^ Hurlburt, Heather (2012-03-23). "Why Jim Yong Kim would make a great World Bank president". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  2. ^ World Bank. "Leadership". World Bank Group. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
  3. ^ Reuters (2012-04-16). "Jim Yong Kim chosen to head World Bank". CNN IBN. Retrieved 2012-04-16.


  1. ^ The World Bank President is traditionally an American citizen. Wolfensohn was naturalized as American citizen before taking office.

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