Gylfi Magnússon

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Gylfi Magnússon
Gylfi Magnusson, handelsminister (sda) Island. Pa nordiskt finansministermotet i Kopenhamn 2009-12-04.jpg
Minister of Economic Affairs
In office
1 February 2009 – 2 September 2010
Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir
Preceded by Björgvin G. Sigurðsson
Succeeded by Árni Páll Árnason
Personal details
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Hrafnhildur Stefánsdóttir
Children Three daughters (b. 1998, 2007 (twins)), two sons (b. 2001, 2003)
Alma mater University of Iceland
Yale University
Profession Economist

Gylfi Magnússon (born. 1966) is an Icelandic economist, an associate professor at University of Iceland and former chair of the Icelandic Competition Authority (Samkeppniseftirlitið). He was Minister for Economic Affairs in the coalition government of Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir.[1][2] He served as Minister of Business Affairs from 1 February 2009 until 1 October the same year and then served as Minister of Economic Affairs until 2 September 2010.

Gylfi graduated from the University of Iceland in 1990, and received his doctorate from Yale in 1997. While at Yale, he was a core member of the champion intramural soccer team, The Handsome Lads. When he received his doctorate, he was already a researcher at the Institute of Economic Studies of the University of Iceland: he joined the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration as an adjunct professor in 1997, and was promoted to associate professor in 1998. He served as Head of the Department of Business Administration from 2000 to 2004, and as Dean of Faculty from 2004 to 2007.


  1. ^ Economist to Become Iceland’s Minister of Business, Iceland Review, 30 January 2009 
  2. ^ Two non-MPs predicted for new Icelandic government, IceNews, 30 January 2009, archived from the original on 1 February 2009 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Björgvin G. Sigurðsson
Minister of Economic Affairs
Succeeded by
Árni Páll Árnason