Helmut Haussmann

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Helmut Haussmann
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Minister of Economy
In office
9 December 1988 – 18 January 1991
Prime Minister Helmut Kohl
Preceded by Martin Bangemann
Succeeded by Jürgen W. Möllemann
Personal details
Born (1943-05-18) 18 May 1943 (age 72)
Nationality German
Political party Free Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Tübingen
University of Hamburg
Erlangen Nuremberg University
Religion Protestant

Helmut Haussmann (born 18 May 1943) is a German academic and politician. He served as minister of economy from 1988 to 1991.

Early life and education[edit]

Haussmann was born in Tubingen on 18 May 1943.[1][2] He holds a degree in economics and social sciences from the University of Tübingen and from the University of Hamburg.[3] He received a PhD in business management from Erlangen Nuremberg University in 1976.[3][4]


Haussmann worked in family business in Baden-Wurttemberg until 1979 when he became a member of the Bundestag in 1976 with the Free Democratic Party (FDP).[4] He was the party’s secretary-general from 1984 to 1988.[4] On 9 December 1988, he was appointed economy minister, replacing Martin Bangemann in the post.[5] He served in the coalition cabinet led by Helmut Kohl during the reunification process of West and East Germany.[6] Haussmann was reelected to the Bundestag from Baden-Wurttemberg state on 2 December 1990.[5] He resigned from his ministerial post on 4 December 1990, but remained in office until 18 January 1991 and Jürgen W. Möllemann succeeded him as economy minister.[2][5]

Since 1996, he has been an honorary professor and teaching international management at the University of Erlangen Nürnberg.[3] In 2001, he became chairman of the advisory board of GEMINI Executive Search.[3] He has also been adjunct professor at the University of Tübingen where he has been teaching international business since 2010.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Haussmann is a Protestant.[1] He was criticized due to his lavish life-style when he was economy minister and was referred to as the "yuppie minister."[5]


  1. ^ a b "Dr. Helmut Haussmann". Deutscher Bundestag. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Federal German Ministries". Rulers. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Prof. Dr. Helmut Haussmann". GEMINI. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "An Interview with Prof. Dr. Helmut Haussmann". ICD. 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d Ferdinand Protzman (4 December 1990). "German Cabinet Minister Quits in Surprise Move". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Terrence Petty (7 February 1990). "West Germany Creates Committee to Pursue Reunification". Associated Press (West Berlin). Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Prof. Dr. Helmut Haussmann". University of Tübingen. Retrieved 10 September 2013.