Five years ago, with the world still mired in the depths of the financial crisis, Xavier Rolet became the CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group. This was an apparently unorthodox choice. French by birth and educated in Algeria, then in France, Rolet spent much of his early professional years in a succession of American and European investment banks, from Goldman Sachs to Credit Suisse, First Boston, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, and finally Lehman Brothers. It was only in 2009, just before his 50th birthday, that Rolet joined that quintessentially British institution, the London Stock Exchange Group, which he has run ever since. Today, as its CEO, Rolet talks about the role of money, currency, and stocks—and their effectiveness as financial, political, and social forces for change—with World Policy Journal editor David A. Andelman and managing editor Yaffa Fredrick.

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