Willem Duisenberg

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Business Leader, Government Official(c. 1935–)
Willem Duisenberg is a banker and government official who became the first president of the European Central Bank in 1998.

Synopsis

Willem Duisenberg worked for the International Monetary Fund (1965–9), was director of the Netherlands Bank (1969–70), and was a professor of macro-economics at the University of Amsterdam. He served as finance minister in the Den Uyl cabinet (Partij van de Arbeid, Labour; 1973–7) and from 1977 as director of the RABO Bank. He also became first president of the European Central Bank (1998–2003).

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Banker and politician, born in Heerenveen, The Netherlands. He studied economics at Groningen (1965), worked for the International Monetary Fund (1965–9), became director of The Netherlands Bank (1969–70), and professor of macro-economics at the University of Amsterdam. He served as finance minister in the Den Uyl cabinet (Partij van de Arbeid - Labour) (1973–7) and from 1977 as director of the RABO Bank. He became first president of the European Central Bank (1998–2003).

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