Jean-François Rischard

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Jean-François Rischard (born 2 October 1948) is an economist, and was the first European Vice President of the World Bank from 1998 to 2005. He lives in Paris, France.

Early Years[edit]

Rischard was born in Luxembourg to Charles-Edouard Rischard and Huguette Navereau. He attended the University of Aix-Marseille where he received both a graduate and doctoral degree in Economics. Rischard also has a doctorate in Law from the University of Luxembourg, and a Master's in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.


Rischard joined the World Bank Group in 1975. In 1976 he became a project officer in the Industrial Projects Department and In 1982 he joined the Financial Policy and Analysis Department as a Senior Financial Analyst. In 1986 to join the Wall Street firm of Drexel Burnham Lambert as a Senior Vice-President for International Fixed Income markets.