Born in Cambridge, I was the son of a father who was an economist and a mother who was a social refomer.
In my early schooling, I suffered health problems but enjoyed mathematics...though my teachers descriobed me as being "brilliant," they also used terms such as "careless and lacking in determination."
After graduating with a degree in mathematics and publishing a text on the foundations of probability, I switched my focus to economics...publishing my economics masterpiece in the middle of the great depression.
Franklin Delenao Roosevelt adapted my ideas as the basis for his New Deal, and ever since my brand of economics has been a driver of U.S. policy.
Starting as a lowly office clerk in India, I worked as a high official in the British government, collected rare books, supported the arts...and became wealthy by using my economic knowledge to analyze financial reports and purchase stocks wisely.
Was I really the person described in The Time obituary: "There is the man himself – radiant, brilliant, effervescent, gay, full of impish jokes ... He was a humane man genuinely devoted to the cause of the common good."
John Maynard Keynes (1883 - 1946)