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Jochen Wermuth was born in Boston, Massachusetts, where his parents Dr. Dieter Wermuth and Professor Dr. Nanny Ellen Wermuth were studying on Fulbright scholarships at Tufts and Harvard University, respectively.
He is the eldest of their four sons, Martin (1974), Peter (1976) and Ulli (1981). Jochen graduated magna cum laude and with honours from Brown University, and holds a BA in Mathematics and Economics and MA in Economics. He also passed his qualifying exams for a Doctorate in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford. He is married with three children to Russian ecologist Alexandra Kornilova.