While Barry was doing 'community organizing' to help the CIA spy on
inner city social movements and potential radicalism, Timmy was
worming his way into NY and global finance. Interestingly enough his
working life is as devoid of real work as Barry's.
Geithner was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Deborah (née
Moore) and Peter Franz Geithner. His father was the director of the
Asia program at the Ford Foundation in New York in the 1990s.
Geithner's father is of German descent, and Geithner's paternal
grandfather, Paul Herman Geithner (1902–1972), emigrated with his
parents from the German town of Zeulenroda to Philadelphia in 1908.
Geithner's mother, a Mayflower descendant, is from a New England
family. Geithner's maternal grandfather, Charles Frederick Moore,
Jr., was an adviser to President Dwight D. Eisenhower and served as
Vice President of Public Relations from 1952 to 1964 for Ford Motor
Geithner spent most of his childhood in other countries, including
present-day Zimbabwe, Zambia, India, and Thailand where he completed
high school at the International School Bangkok. He attended
Dartmouth College, in the tradition of his father and paternal
grandfather, graduating with an A.B. in government and Asian studies
in 1983. In the process, he studied Mandarin at Peking University
in 1981 and at Beijing Normal University in 1982. He earned an M.A.
in international economics and East Asian studies from Johns Hopkins
University's School of Advanced International Studies in 1985.
He has studied Mandarin and Japanese.
Geithner married Carole Sonnenfeld on June 8, 1985, at his parents'
summer home in Orleans, Massachusetts. They have two children, a
daughter and a son.
During the early 1980s, Geithner's father Peter oversaw the Ford
Foundation's microfinance programs in Indonesia being developed by Ann
Dunham Soetoro, President Barack Obama's mother, and they met in
person at least once.