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Edited by Steven Irvine

Jim's world tour

Some might see it as a perk of the job, others as an intolerable burden. Either way, Jim Wolfensohn must be one of the world's most travelled people. Since he became president of the World Bank he's been to over 30 countries and covered 111,803 miles, or 179,133 kilometres. That's the equivalent of 11.3 times around the globe, or halfway to the moon ­ all since June 1995.

The countries he's visited are about as diverse as you can get, from Mali and Malawi, to Australia, Vietnam, the West Bank and Uzbekistan. In fact he's travelled to all five continents ­ first class, of course.

Wolfensohn makes a point of travelling extensively inside the countries too ­ visiting organizations like church groups, as well as the usual business and government representatives.

Unfortunately Wolfensohn's travelling was curtailed by illness in the summer. Apart from a trip this June to the g7 conference in Lyon, most of his journeys have been to his ranch in Wyoming. But with his health on the mend there are more trips in the pipeline ­ current favourites are India and Nepal in October.


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