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The Rise And Fall Of Vicky Pryce

07/03/2013 15:29 GMT | Updated 07/03/2013 16:09 GMT

She might have been catapulted to the public's attention for her role in the Chris Huhne speeding row, but Vicky Pryce had nurtured a substantial media profile in her own right.

One of Britain's leading economists, she frequently appeared on television even after the speeding points row had broken.

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Vicky Pryce was a regular in the media in her role as an economist

She was born Vasiliki Courmouzis in Athens, and studied at the London School of Economics.

After picking up an MSc in monetary economics, she became an economist at Williams and Glyn's bank, then at Esso Europe.

In 1986 she was appointed chief economist at KPMG, where she became a partner and stayed until 2001.

She later became chief economic adviser at the Department of Trade and Industry, now known as the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Since 2010 she has been senior managing director at FTI Consulting, a role which has seen her make frequent media appearances as a pundit on the recession and, more recently, the crisis in the eurozone and the country of her birth, Greece.

Pryce was first married in 1972 and still uses her first husband's surname. They were divorced in 1981, and she married Huhne three years later.

She has two daughters from her first marriage and two sons and a daughter with Huhne.

Her second marriage came to an end after Huhne was exposed by the News of the World to have been having an affair with his aide Carina Trimingham.

Pryce filed for divorce in January 2011 on the grounds of his adultery. In an interview later that year she said she had had no idea of the affair and had been "completely shocked".

She also spoke of her ambition, as a Liberal Democrat, to get involved in politics herself, potentially as an MP.