John Key

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Person.png John Key   WebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(financier, politician)
John Key.jpg
BornJohn Phillip Key
Auckland, New Zealand
Alma materUniversity of Canterbury, Harvard University
SpouseBronagh Key
PartyNational Party

Employment.png Prime Minister of New Zealand Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
19 November 2008 - 12 December 2016
DeputyBill English
Preceded byHelen Clark
Succeeded byBill English

Employment.png NZ/Leader of the Opposition Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
27 November 2006 - 8 November 2008

Employment.png NZ/Leader of the National Party

In office
27 November 2006 - 12 December 2016

Employment.png Chairman of the International Democrat Union

In office
21 November 2014 - Present

Employment.png Chair of the International Democrat Union

In office
21 November 2014 - Present

John Key, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, announced his sudden resignation in December 2016 for "family reasons". Within a few days, his name was being floated as a candidate for Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, replacing Christine Lagarde who was ordered to stand trial in France over the Tapie Affair.[1]


In 1995, he joined Merrill Lynch as head of Asian foreign exchange in Singapore. That same year he was promoted to Merrill's global head of foreign exchange, based in London, where he may have earned around US$2.25 million a year including bonuses. Some co-workers called him "the smiling assassin" for maintaining his usual cheerfulness while sacking dozens (some say hundreds) of staff.

Lying about Mass Surveillance

In 2013 Key promised expressly that if the Government Communications Security Bureau were found to have conducted mass surveillance, he would resign, together with GCSB chief, Ian Fletcher.[2] In January 2015, following revelations by Edward Snowden, GCSB chief Bruce Ferguson, admitted as much and resigned. John Key did not resign.[3][4]


An appointment by John Key

Ian FletcherDirector of Government Communications Security BureauFebruary 2012January 2015Resigned before the completion of his 5 year term