An Exemplary Public Servant The Story of Paul Volcker

Kai Taraporevala
Nov 14, 2020 · 6 min read

Many years ago, I had the privilege of shaking hands with the great Paul Volcker. I learned firsthand why he was also called “Tall Paul”. Volcker was 6 feet 7 inches tall and I had to look almost straight up, to see his wry smile as I shook his hand.

Volcker, the US Federal Reserve Chairman from 1979 to 1987, was not just physically tall; he stood head and shoulders above all past and present central bankers in terms of honesty, intellectual thought, and the guts to stand up to politicians, including Presidents of the USA. Volcker is best…