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for being a
of finance and
for rescuing the
Natwar Gandhi’s record-setting tenure as Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia made him a darling of the Congress and Wall Street.
The Financial Wizard
Natwar Gandhi, who pulled the District of Columbia from the brink of bankruptcy,
is one of the most powerful figures in the capital.
Aziz Haniffa discovers the fascinating life story of the winner of the
India Abroad Award for Lifetime Achievement 2012.
In the past two decades in the Washin- gton, DC area there probably hasn’t be- en any Indian American who has enjoy- ed as high a profile — particularly on a sustained basis — as Natwar ‘Nat’ M Gandhi, the District’s Chief Financial Officer for the last 13 years, often du-bbed as one of the most powerful officials and
influential figures, respectively, in the DC government and the nation’s capital.
Gandhi, who holds the record of any CFO in
the country for serving continuously for 13 years
during the tenures of four mayors, has been a
darling of the United States Congress and Wall
Street for bringing the nation’s capital back from
the brink of bankruptcy to triple A ratings and
the envy of other exchequers in major cities and
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