Željko Rohatinski

Željko Rohatinski (3 August 1951 – 12 December 2019) was a Croatian economist who served as Governor of the Croatian National Bank from 2000 to 2012.

Željko Rohatinski
4th Governor of the Croatian National Bank
In office
12 July 2000 – 7 July 2012
DeputyBoris Vujčić
Preceded byMarko Škreb
Succeeded byBoris Vujčić
Personal details
Born(1951-08-03)3 August 1951
Zagreb, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
Died12 December 2019(2019-12-12) (aged 68)
Zagreb, Croatia
Alma materUniversity of Zagreb

Early lifeEdit

Rohatinski graduated from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Economics in 1974, where he also received his doctorate in 1988 with a thesis titled Vremenska dimenzija ekonomske aktivnosti društva (English: The Dimension of Time in Society's Economic Activities).


He started his professional career in 1974 as an intern at Croatia's Republic Bureau of Planning, and was appointed general manager of the Bureau in 1989. In 1990 he was appointed Head of the Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Division at the Zagreb Institute of Economics, which he managed until 1998, when he became Chief Economist at Privredna banka Zagreb, where he worked until April 2000, when he took up the post of Director for Macroeconomic Analyses at Agrokor.

He left that post in July 2000 upon being appointed Governor of the Croatian National Bank by decree of the Croatian Parliament on 12 July to serve a six-year term. On 7 July 2006, he was reappointed for his second six-year term at the post.

Rohatinski was a Fulbright Program fellow,[1] and he authored a number of research papers, a book edition of his thesis titled Vremenska dimenzija ekonomske aktivnosti društva, and he also co-authored the book A Road to Low Inflation (published in English by the Croatian Government in 1995, ISBN 953-6430-00-2).

In December 2008, Jutarnji list, a national Croatian daily newspaper, selected Rohatinski as Person of the Year, crediting him with the stability of Croatia's financial system amid the global financial crisis.[2]

In January 2009, The Banker, an international financial monthly published by the Financial Times, bestowed two awards on Rohatinski in their annual banking awards. Rohatinski won the Award for Best Central Bank Governor of Europe and the Best Central Bank Governor of the World in 2008.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Rohatinski was married and had two adult children. In his spare time he liked to play chess and tennis. He was a fan of Alan Ford comics and the Rolling Stones, and his favorite movie was Deer Hunter.

Zeljko Rohatinski died suddenly on December 12, 2019 at the age of 68.[4]


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