Jacques Attali


Jacques Attali is an eminent economic advisor. From 1981 to 1991 he was special advisor to François Mitterrand and in 1990 he became president of the EBRD. Now, he is chairman of A&A, an international consultancy company and the founder and president of PlaNet Finance, an international non-profit organisation that uses the internet to combat poverty concentrating onthe microfinance sector. He is a prolific and eclectic author of essays, his latest a biography of Marx.

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Thursday, 2 March 2006

Radio 4 listeners recently voted Karl Marx the greatest philosopher of all time – a decision with which historian Eric Hobsbawm would not disagree. He discussed here Marx’s stature and legacy with Jacques Attali, first president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the institution created to ease the transition to capitalism of East European countries. Attali has just published a book explaining why Marx was a visionary prophet and “one of the giants of modern thought.”

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