World Bank Group Archives

Past Presidents

This page, produced by the World Bank Group Archives, provides an overview of World Bank presidents' tenures highlighting their major contributions to the development of the institution and the challenges each of them faced.


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Robert B. Zoellick

July 2007 - June 2012

Mr. Zoellick modernized and recapitalized the Bank, ramping up its crisis response and making it more accountable, flexible, fast-moving, transparent, and focused on good governance and anti-corruption.

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Paul Wolfowitz

June 2005 - June 2007

Known as a good governance banker who pushed through controversial governance and anti-corruption strategy after extensive global consultations. Placed Africa at the heart of the Bank's poverty reduction agenda.

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James D. Wolfensohn

June 1995 - May 2005

Known as the "Renaissance Banker." Pushed through reforms that have made the Bank more inclusive, with a renewed focus on poverty reduction.

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Lewis Preston

September 1991 - May 1995

Distinguished commercial banker. Created a client-oriented vision for the Bank as it celebrated its 50th anniversary.