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 74)
Nationality German
Political party Free Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Tübingen
University of Hamburg
Erlangen Nuremberg University

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 Tübingen 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 secretary-general of the party from 1984 to 1988.[4] On 9 December 1988, he was appointed economy minister, replacing Martin Bangemann in the post.[5] Haussmann 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. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. 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.