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#272: The Finance Minister Who Robbed A Bank

May 10th, 2011

Episode 372 of 901 episodes

On today's Planet Money, we talk to Ali Tarhouni. He fled Libya 40 years ago after speaking out against Moammar Gadhafi. "I was given a choice to leave the country or go to jail," he says. His name wound up on a Gadhafi hit list in the 1980s. His life settled down over the years, though, and he landed a job teaching microeconomics at the University of Washington. But when the civil war started in Libya, Tarhouni returned home and quickly became the finance minister for the anti-Gadhafi forces. His job, among other things, is to figure out how to get money for the rebels.