Early life and education
Rapanos was born on the island of Kos in 1947. He received his bachelor's degree from the Athens University of Economics and Business in 1975 and a doctorate from Queen's University at Kingston in 1982.
During the Regime of the Colonels, Rapanos was imprisoned for more than four years for participating in left-wing resistance against the military regime. He is a former economics professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Athens. He also served as financial advisor to then Prime Minister Costas Simitis from 2000 to 2004 and to the Greek delegations to the European Union and the OECD. He also served in the Economy Ministry at the period when Greece joined the euro in 2001. He served as chairman of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization from 1998 to 2000. He was also firstly Deputy Governor and then Governor the National Mortgage Bank of Greece. He worked as a research associate with the Institute of Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) from 2007 to 2009. He has been non-executive Chairman of the Hellenic Bank Association and Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of Greece since 2009.
Minister of Finance (designate)
Rapanos was offered the position of Finance Minister on 20 June 2012 and was due to replace Georgios Zanias on 23 June 2012. However, due to illness he was rushed to hospital before he could be sworn in and on 25 June 2012 informed the Prime Minister that he would be unable to fully and efficiently exercise the duties of Finance Minister.
Rapanos is reported by Greek media to have had a history of health problems, including cancer.
- "A look at some of Greece's new ministers". Kathimerini(English-language Edition). 21 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- "Economist Conferences. Vassilis Rapanos". The Economist. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
- "Greece names new cabinet with vow to revise bailout". RTÉ News. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- "Greek designated finance minister Vassilis Rapanos resigns". BBC News. 25 June 2012. Archived from the original on 24 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- Kitsantonis, Niki (26 June 2012). "Designated Finance Minister Drops Out of Greek Cabinet". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 June 2012.