Jean-Pierre Roth

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Jean-Pierre Roth (born in 28.04.1946) is a Swiss banker who served as chairman of the Swiss National Bank from 1 January 2001 until 31 December 2009.[1]

He joined the Swiss National Bank in 1979, working in Zürich and Bern. He became vice-chairman of the governing board in 1996. In 2001, he became chairman of the governing board.

Between 2001-2009 he was Governor of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Switzerland and chairman of the board of directors of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel.

Presently, he is a board member of Nestlé and the Swatch Group.[2]

Roth has been credited with the measures taken to restore public confidence in the Swiss banking system[3] and blamed for destroying the Swiss franc.[4] Although he certainly had input into the measures implemented by the Swiss banking system and the Swiss government, he certainly did not single-handedly do either.


He received a doctorate in economics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. He pursued postdoctoral studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Personal life[edit]

Roth is married and has three children. In 2009, he took an early retirement. He and his wife live in Geneva.


  1. ^ "Swiss National Bank (SNB) - Members of the Governing Board from 1907 onwards" (PDF).
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