Ilmārs Rimšēvičs

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Ilmārs Rimšēvičs
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Ilmārs Rimšēvičs (2013)
Born (1965-04-30) 30 April 1965 (age 54)
Alma materRiga Technical University
Years active2001–present

Ilmārs Rimšēvičs (born 30 April 1965) is a Latvian economist who served as the governor of the central Bank of Latvia from 2001 to 2019. In that position, he was also a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank.

He studied engineering economics at the Riga University of Technology, graduating in 1990. He was a member of the student corporation Lettonia. His studies continued at Clarkson University in New York, completing a master's degree in business administration and management in 1992, whereafter he was appointed deputy governor and chairman of the board of the Bank of Latvia the same year.

Rimšēvičs was detained by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau on February 18, 2018, while officers raided his home and offices at the Bank of Latvia.[1][2] He was released on bail the next day.[3] State Prosecutor's office has charged Rimševičs with accepting a bribe.[4] The case is pending.

Upon the end of this third term, Rimšēvičs was succeeded as governor by Mārtiņš Kazāks.


  1. ^ "Latvian central bank governor Rimsevics detained - Prime Minister's office". Reuters. 18 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Latvian central bank boss detained". BBC. 18 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Bank boss bailed in Latvia corruption probe". BBC. 19 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Latvian central bank governor to be charged with taking bribe". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2019.