List of German economics ministers

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This page lists German Economics Ministers.

German Empire, 1871-1918[edit]

August Müller 1918-1919

Weimar Republic, 1919–1933[edit]

Minister of Economics Took office Left office Time in office Party
1
Rudolf Wissell
Wissell, RudolfRudolf Wissell
(1869–1962)
13 February 191915 July 1919152 daysSPD
2
Robert Schmidt
Schmidt, RobertRobert Schmidt
(1864–1943)
16 July 191924 June 1920344 daysSPD
3
Ernst Scholz
Scholz, ErnstErnst Scholz
(1874–1932)
25 June 19209 May 1921318 daysDVP
(2)
Robert Schmidt
Schmidt, RobertRobert Schmidt
(1864–1943)
10 May 192121 November 19221 year, 195 daysSPD
4
Johann Becker
Becker, JohannJohann Becker
(1869–1951)
22 November 192212 August 1923263 daysDVP
5
Hans von Raumer
Raumer, HansHans von Raumer
(1870–1965)
13 August 19235 October 192353 daysDVP
6
Joseph Koeth
Koeth, JosephJoseph Koeth
(1870–1936)
5 October 192330 November 192355 daysIndependent
7
Eduard Hamm
Koeth, JosephEduard Hamm
(1879–1944)
30 November 192315 December 19241 year, 15 daysDDP
8
Albert Neuhaus
Neuhaus, AlbertAlbert Neuhaus
(1873–1948)
15 January 192526 October 1925284 daysDVP
-
Rudolf Krohne
Krohne, RudolfRudolf Krohne
(1876–1953)
Acting
27 October 19255 December 192539 daysDVP
9
Julius Curtius
Curtius, JuliusJulius Curtius
(1877–1948)
19 January 192611 November 19293 years, 296 daysDVP
10
Paul Moldenhauer
Moldenhauer, PaulPaul Moldenhauer
(1876–1947)
15 November 192923 December 192938 daysDVP
(2)
Robert Schmidt
Schmidt, RobertRobert Schmidt
(1864–1943)
24 December 192929 March 193095 daysSPD
11
Hermann Dietrich
Dietrich, HermannHermann Dietrich
(1879–1954)
30 March 193026 June 193088 daysDDP
12
Ernst Trendelenburg
Trendelenburg, ErnstErnst Trendelenburg
(1882–1945)
27 June 19308 October 19311 year, 103 daysIndependent
13
Hermann Warmbold
Warmbold, HermannHermann Warmbold
(1876–1976)
9 October 193128 April 1932202 daysIndependent
-
Ernst Trendelenburg
Trendelenburg, ErnstErnst Trendelenburg
(1882–1945)
Acting
28 April 193230 May 193232 daysIndependent
(13)
Hermann Warmbold
Warmbold, HermannHermann Warmbold
(1876–1976)
1 June 193228 January 1933241 daysIndependent

Nazi Germany, 1933–1945[edit]

Reich Minister of Economics Took office Left office Time in office Party
1
Alfred Hugenberg
Hugenberg, AlfredAlfred Hugenberg
(1865–1951)
30 January 193329 June 1933150 daysDNVP
2
Kurt Schmitt
Schmitt, KurtKurt Schmitt
(1886–1950)
29 June 19333 August 19341 year, 35 daysNSDAP
3
Hjalmar Schacht
Schacht, HjalmarHjalmar Schacht
(1877–1970)
3 August 193426 November 19373 years, 115 daysIndependent
4
Hermann Göring
Göring, HermannHermann Göring
(1893–1945)
26 November 193715 January 193850 daysNSDAP
5
Walther Funk
Funk, WaltherWalther Funk
(1890–1960)
5 February 193830 April 19457 years, 84 daysNSDAP

West and East Germany, 1949–1991[edit]

West German Ministers of Economics, 1949–1991[edit]

Minister of Economics Took office Left office Time in office Party
1
Ludwig Erhard
Erhard, LudwigLudwig Erhard
(1897–1977)
20 September 194916 October 196314 years, 26 daysIndependent
2
Kurt Schmücker
Schmücker, KurtKurt Schmücker
(1919–1996)
17 October 196330 November 19663 years, 44 daysCDU
3
Karl Schiller
Schiller, KarlKarl Schiller
(1911–1994)
30 November 19667 July 19725 years, 220 daysSPD
4
Helmut Schmidt
Schmidt, HelmutHelmut Schmidt
(1918–2015)
7 July 197215 December 1972161 daysSPD
5
Hans Friderichs
Friderichs, HansHans Friderichs
(born 1931)
15 December 19727 October 19774 years, 296 daysFDP
6
Otto Graf Lambsdorff
Lambsdorff, OttoOtto Graf Lambsdorff
(1926–2009)
7 October 197717 September 19824 years, 345 daysFDP
7
Manfred Lahnstein
Lahnstein, ManfredManfred Lahnstein
(born 1937)
17 September 19821 October 198214 daysSPD
(6)
Otto Graf Lambsdorff
Lambsdorff, OttoOtto Graf Lambsdorff
(1926–2009)
4 October 198227 June 19841 year, 267 daysFDP
8
Martin Bangemann
Bangemann, MartinMartin Bangemann
(born 1934)
27 June 19849 December 19884 years, 165 daysFDP
9
Helmut Haussmann
Haussmann, HelmutHelmut Haussmann
(born 1943)
9 December 198818 January 19912 years, 40 daysFDP

East German Ministers of Economics, 1949-1991[edit]

Note: Until 1989 there was no classic Ministry of Economic Affairs in the GDR, only "Ministries of Economic Activities." Only in 1989, were the Ministry of Economic Affairs (which can be compared with today's ideas of a comprehensive Ministry of Economic Affairs) founded.

Minister of Economics Took office Left office Time in office Party
1
Christa Luft
Luft, ChristaChrista Luft
(born 1938)
18 November 198918 March 1990120 daysSED
2
Gerhard Pohl
Pohl, GerhardGerhard Pohl
(1937–2012)
12 April 199016 August 1990126 daysCDU

Federal Republic, 1991-Present[edit]

Ministers of Economics, 1991-2002[edit]

Minister of Economics Took office Left office Time in office Party
1
Jürgen Möllemann
Möllemann, JürgenJürgen Möllemann
(1945–2003)
18 January 199121 January 19932 years, 3 daysFDP
2
Günter Rexrodt
Rexrodt, GünterGünter Rexrodt
(1941–2004)
21 January 199326 October 19985 years, 278 daysFDP
3
Werner Müller
Müller, WernerWerner Müller
(born 1946)
27 October 199822 October 20024 years, 360 daysIndependent

Ministers of Economics and Labour, 2002–2005[edit]

Minister of Economics and Labour Took office Left office Time in office Party
1
Wolfgang Clement
Clement, WolfgangWolfgang Clement
(born 1940)
22 October 200222 November 20053 years, 31 daysSPD

Ministers of Economics and Technology, 2005–2013[edit]

Minister of Economics and Technology Took office Left office Time in office Party
1
Michael Glos
Glos, MichaelMichael Glos
(born 1944)
22 November 200510 February 20093 years, 80 daysCSU
2
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
Guttenberg, KarlKarl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
(born 1971)
10 February 200928 October 2009260 daysCSU
3
Rainer Brüderle
Brüderle, RainerRainer Brüderle
(born 1945)
28 October 200912 May 20111 year, 196 daysFDP
4
Philipp Rösler
Rösler, PhilippPhilipp Rösler
(born 1973)
12 May 201117 December 20132 years, 219 daysFDP

Ministers of Economic Affairs and Energy, 2013–present[edit]

Minister of Economics Affairs and Energy Took office Left office Time in office Party
1
Sigmar Gabriel
Gabriel, SigmarSigmar Gabriel
(born 1959)
17 December 201327 January 20173 years, 41 daysSPD
2
Brigitte Zypries
Zypries, BrigitteBrigitte Zypries
(born 1953)
27 January 201714 March 20181 year, 46 daysSPD
3
Peter Altmaier
Altmaier, PeterPeter Altmaier
(born 1958)
14 March 2018Incumbent1 year, 61 daysCDU