List of German finance ministers

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This page lists the ministers overseeing the German Federal Ministry of Finance and the corresponding East German Ministry of Finance. See also lists of incumbents.

State Secretaries for Finance of the German Empire, 1880–1918[edit]

Coat of arms of the German Empire

Ministers of Finance, 1918–1945[edit]

Coat of arms of the Weimar Republic (1918–1933)
Coat of arms during the Nazi rule of Germany (1933–1945)

Minister of Finance of the German Democratic Republic, 1949–1990[edit]

Coat of arms of East Germany (1949–1990)

Ministers of Finance of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1949–present[edit]

Coat of arms of the Federal Republic of Germany

Political Party:   CSU   CDU   FDP   SPD

Name
(Born-Died)
Party Term of Office Chancellor
(Cabinet)
1 Fritz Schäffer
(1888–1967)
CSU 20 September 1949 29 October 1957 Adenauer
(I • II)
2 Franz Etzel
(1902–1970)
CDU 29 October 1957 14 November 1961 Adenauer
(III)
3 Heinz Starke
(1911–2001)
FDP 14 November 1961 19 November 1962 Adenauer
(IV)
4 Rolf Dahlgrün
(1908–1969)
FDP 14 December 1962 28 October 1966 Adenauer (V)
Erhard (I • II)
5 Kurt Schmücker
(1919–1996)
CDU 8 November 1966 30 November 1966 Erhard
(II)
6 Franz Josef Strauß
(1915–1988)
CSU 1 December 1966 21 October 1969 Kiesinger
(I)
7 Alex Möller
(1903–1985)
SPD 22 October 1969 13 May 1971 Brandt
(I)
8 Karl Schiller
(1911–1994)
SPD 13 May 1971 7 July 1972
9 Helmut Schmidt
(1918–2015)
SPD 7 July 1972 1 May 1974 Brandt
(III)
10 Hans Apel
(1932–2011)
SPD 16 May 1974 15 February 1978 Schmidt
(I • II)
11 Hans Matthöfer
(1925–2009)
SPD 16 February 1978 28 April 1982 Schmidt
(II • III)
12 Manfred Lahnstein
(b. 1937)
SPD 28 April 1982 1 October 1982 Schmidt
(III)
13 Gerhard Stoltenberg
(1928–2001)
CDU 4 October 1982 21 April 1989 Kohl
(IIIIII)
14 Theodor Waigel
(b. 1939)
CSU 21 April 1989 27 October 1998 Kohl
(IIIIVV)
15 Oskar Lafontaine
(b. 1943)
SPD 27 October 1998 18 March 1999 Schröder
(I)
16 Hans Eichel
(b. 1941)
SPD 12 April 1999 22 November 2005 Schröder
(III)
17 Peer Steinbrück
(b. 1947)
SPD 22 November 2005 28 October 2009 Merkel
(I)
18 Wolfgang Schäuble
(b. 1942)
CDU 28 October 2009 24 October 2017 Merkel
(IIIII)
19 Peter Altmaier (acting)
(b. 1958)
CDU 24 October 2017 14 March 2018 Merkel
(III)
20 Olaf Scholz
(b. 1958)
SPD 14 March 2018 Incumbent Merkel
(IV)

See also[edit]