2. Victor Banks
Victor Franklin Banks is an Anguillan politician. A member of the Anguilla United Front, he has served as Chief Minister since 23 April 2015.
The oldest of six siblings, Banks grew up in The Valley. His father died when he was a teenager. His first job was as a teacher at Valley Secondary School, where he worked from 1964 until 1968. He then attended the University of the Virgin Islands, where he obtained a BA in social sciences in 1972. He then attended the New School for Social Research in New York City, where he obtained a master’s degree in political science. He started a PhD at the same institution, but left in 1979 at the all but dissertation stage.
A member of the Anguilla National Alliance, he was elected to the House of Assembly in the Valley North constituency in the 1981 elections. Then 33, he became the island’s youngest government minister when he was appointed Minister of Social Services. He moved to the Anguilla Democratic Party (ADP) prior to the 1984 elections, in which he lost his seat and place in the cabinet.