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Jean-Pierre Van Rossem (29 May 1945 – 14 December 2018)[1] was a Belgian stock market guru, economist, econometrician, convicted fraudster, author, philosopher,[2] public figure, politician, and member of the Belgian and Flemish Parliaments.

Jean Pierre Van Rossem
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Belgian Chamber of Representatives
In office
1991 (1991) – 1995
Member of the Flemish Parliament
In office
1992 (1992) – 1995
Personal details
Born(1945-05-29)29 May 1945
Bruges, Belgium
Died14 December 2018(2018-12-14) (aged 73)
NationalityBelgian
Political partyROSSEM
ChildrenNicholas Piki Van Rossem
Youri Van Rossem
Alma materGhent University, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
OccupationStock market guru, economist, econometrician, author, philosopher, public figure, politician and former member of the Belgian & Flemish Parliament
AwardsThe International Scholarship of Flanders-prize
Websitewww.jeanpierrevanrossem.com

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Life and careerEdit

Van Rossem studied economics at the University of Gent in 1963-67.[3] With his final term paper 'De omloopsnelheid van het geld : theoretische begripsbenadering en praktische toepassing in België' ('The velocity of money: Theoretical approach to understanding and practical applications in Belgium')[4] he won the International Scholarship of Flanders-prize and was able to study two years of econometrics under Nobel Prize winner Lawrence Klein at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.[3]

MoneytronEdit

Van Rossem became famous as a stock market guru with 'Moneytron',[5] an investment company that could offer apparently endless returns. His customers included the moneyed of Europe, including the Belgian Royal Family.[6]

Van Rossem also claimed that he had developed a model that could predict the stock market and beat the capitalist system. His sympathies for the theories of Karl Marx did not stop him investing for the very wealthy and accumulating 860 million dollars for himself.[7] At his most successful, Van Rossem owned a yacht, The Destiny,[8] 108 Ferraris[9] and two Falcon 900 aircraft.[8] Later everything was sold to pay debts.[10] He also printed false shares.[8]

In 1991, he was sentenced to five years in prison for fraud; according to him, it was "a way to fuck the system."[citation needed] In prison, he wrote a personal diary, Gevangenisboek (English: Prison Book), which was later published.[11]

Formula OneEdit

Van Rossem sponsored a Formula One team in 1989, Moneytron Onyx, which placed 10th of the 21 teams. The biggest success he got with his team was 3rd place at the Grand Prix of Portugal with driver Stefan Johansson in 1989.[12]

ROSSEMEdit

In 1991, Van Rossem founded his own libertarian protest party ROSSEM, according to many, to gain political immunity, because of his problems with the Belgian Courts.[13] The name of the party stood for ‘Radicale Omvormers en Sociale Strijders voor een Eerlijker Maatschappij’ ('Radical Reformers and Social Warriors for a Fairer Society'). Under the slogans ‘Geen gezwijn, stem libertijn’[14]('No nonsense, vote libertine') & 'Geen gezeik iedereen Rijk' ('No whining, everybody rich'), ROSSEM got 3.2% of the votes, or 3 seats in the Belgian Federal Parliament in the Parliamentary elections of 24 November 1991.[15] Rossem himself had a seat in the Belgian Chamber of Representatives from November 1991 to May 1995 and the Flemish Parliament from January 1992 to May 1995.[16]

ROSSEM 2Edit

In 2014 he went back to the elections with his party ROSSEM[17] but lost with only 0.3% of the votes for the Belgian Federal Parliament and 0.2% for the Flemish Parliament.[18]

ControversiesEdit

  • At the coronation ceremony of King Albert II of Belgium, he shouted 'Vive la république d'Europe, vive Lahaut', as a reference to Julien Lahaut, who had shouted 'Vive la république' in 1950 at the coronation of Baudouin of Belgium.[19] Van Rossem was against the Belgian monarchy.
  • In 2004 Van Rossem was a guest on the Dutch television show Het Grote Complot – De Wereld Verklaard and offended the Dutch Prime Minister Balkenende by calling him a "dick."[20]

In popular cultureEdit

Jean-Pierre Van Rossem had cameo roles in the comics series The Adventures of Nero by Marc Sleen, more specifically the albums Nerorock and De Man van Europa. [21] Around the same time he was also featured in his own celebrity comics series, scripted by himself and drawn by Erik Meynen. [22]

Other informationEdit

  • Van Rossem claimed to have met Osama Bin Laden in 1988 at the "Baharain Middle East Bank" in Saudi Arabia.[23]
  • In 2002 the Extreme Right Politician Wim Verreycken [nl] compared Rossem, along with the murder of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn, as political stunts during a meeting of the Belgian Senate.[24]
  • Van Rossem used the services of a cryogenics company to get his first wife, who was dying of cancer, cryogenized so she might be revived at a later time when the cure would be found. After a few years however, due to financial problems he was unable to pay the costs anymore so he "pulled the plug" (sources: diverse newspapers at the time).
  • Slot Car Racing and JP Van Rossem: Van Rossem put an extraordinary amount of time into slot car racing, including hosting major races in Europe and the United States, where he covered all costs of flying top-rated racers to his races. He bought a raceway in Chicago where he put on races called "The Worlds" in 1988 and 1989. Thousands of dollars were given in prizes, including two Pontiac Fieros.

BibliographyEdit

  • Hoe genezen we onze zieke ekonomie? (1979, Metodika)[25]
  • Moneytron: How the system works (1989)[26]
  • Is Outperformance of Security Markets Possible with Modern Econometrics? (1990)[27]
  • Staat in staat van ontbinding (1990, Houtekiet)[28]
  • Proces in duplo (1990, Houtekiet)[29]
  • Mister Junkie & Sister Morphine (1991, Houtekiet)[30]
  • Sonate voor een blauwe vuurtoren (1991, Houtekiet)[31]
  • Libertijns Manifest (1991)[32]
  • Libertijnse Breekpunten: wat willen Libertijnen (1992)[33]
  • Een dode zwaan in Tann (1992)[34]
  • De schat van de Arme Klavers (1992, Loempia)[35]
  • Hoe word ik stinkend rijk?: Van Rossems beleggings- en belastinggids editie 1993 (1992)[36]
  • Wie vermoordde André Cools? (1993, Loempia)[37]
  • Hoe kom ik van de grond? : Van Rossems Sex- en Bordelengids (1993)[38]
  • De nacht van Christus-Koning (1996)[39]
  • Gevangenisdagboek (1999, Van Halewyck)[40]
  • De dag van de nachtschade (2000, Van Halewyck)[41]
  • Brigitte, of Het hart van de engel (2001)[42]
  • De maquette : verslag (2002)[43]
  • De onkuise kuisheid van de Boccaccio : studie van het postmoderne nachtleven (2002)[44]
  • Crisis: Hoe lossen we het op? (2009, Lampedaire)[45]
  • De engel in de duivel (2009, Lampedaire)[46]
  • Belgisch uranium voor de eerste Amerikaanse en Russische atoombommen (2011, Van Halewyck)[47]

LiteratureEdit

  • Martine Vanden Driessche, L'Anversois - Jean-Pierre Van Rossem (Marabout, Alleur 1990). With the paragraph (p. 40) describing how he disturbed the lectures of Professor M.A.G. Van Meerhaeghe.

FilmographyEdit

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Klasgenoten (mini series)[48] Himself
1990 Wie ben ik (Talkshow)[49] Himself
2001 "Big Brother VIPS" (mini series)[50] Himself
2004 "Het grote complot - De wereld verklaard" (mini docu series)[51] Himself
2009 "Phara" (Talk Show)[52] Himself
2009 "Phara" (Talk Show)[53] Himself
2009 "Villa Vanthilt" (Talk Show)[54] Himself
2009 "Phara" (Talk Show)[55] Himself
2011 "Reyers Laat" (Talk Show)[56] Himself
2011 "Pauw & Witteman" (Talk Show)[57] Himself
2012 "Cafe Corsari" (Talk Show)[58] Himself
2016 "De Ideale Wereld" (Talk Show)[59] Himself

(This list is not Complete.)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ km. "Jean-Pierre Van Rossem is overleden op 73-jarige en leeft terug in onze zielen tussen pot en sigaret leeftijd". De Standaard. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  2. ^ Simon Horsten & Joos Roets. "Middelpunt repitoren: Jean-Pierre Van Rossem". veto.be. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Ik had 791 miljoen dollar, maar het stelde geen fluit voor". Het Nieuwsblad.
  4. ^ "De omloopsnelheid van het geld : theoretische begripsbenadering en praktische toepassing in België - Universiteitsbibliotheek Gent". ugent.be.
  5. ^ "De 6 carrières van Jean-Pierre Van Rossem". vacature.com.
  6. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem - Het belang van geld. YouTube. 2 October 2010.
  7. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem - Verkiezingen 2014 (Interview ROSSEM). YouTube. 14 May 2014.
  8. ^ a b c "'Als je geld hebt, vertrouw je niemand'". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  9. ^ jensg. "JP Van Rossem over zijn Ferraris - krimineel.com". krimineel.com. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016.
  10. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem: "Zoals iedereen hem herinnert". YouTube. 2 October 2010.
  11. ^ "Gevangenisdagboek, Jean Pierre van Rossem". Zoekeenboek.nl.
  12. ^ "Onyx-Moneytron: het F1-avontuur van Jean-Pierre Van Rossem · F1Journaal special". f1journaal.be.
  13. ^ "4 moments clés de la carrière de Jean-Pierre Van Rossem". references.be.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Anonyme- R.O.S.S.E.M. - 1991". Catawiki.
  15. ^ Man Bijt Hond - Libertijns Leven (Jean Pierre Van Rossem). YouTube. 12 August 2015.
  16. ^ Parlement, Vlaams. "Jean-Pierre Van Rossem - Vlaams Parlement". Vlaamsparlement.be. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Jean-Pierre Van Rossem stelt partijprogramma voor". deredactie.be.
  18. ^ Maarten Delvaux. "Jean-Pierre Van Rossem ontbindt partij: 'Beschamend resultaa... - De Standaard". De Standaard.
  19. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem - Intronisation Albert II. YouTube. 6 July 2014.
  20. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem (2 October 2010). "Jean Pierre Van Rossem - Schijndemocratie & Balkenende is een Lul !". YouTube.
  21. ^ http://www.stripspeciaalzaak.be/Toppers/Nero/Nero-Politici.html
  22. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/meynen_erik.htm
  23. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem - "Beursspeculaties" 9/11 Aanslagen. YouTube. 2 October 2010.
  24. ^ "Handelingen nr. 2-238". Senate.be.
  25. ^ "Hoe genezen we onze zieke economie". LibraryThing.com.
  26. ^ "boek: Moneytron". bronnenwijzer.be. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  27. ^ "Is outperformance of security markets possible with modern econometrics? - Ghent University Library". ugent.be.
  28. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem. "Staat in staat van ontbinding". Goodreads.
  29. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem. "Proces in duplo". Goodreads.
  30. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem. "Mister Junkie en Sister Morphine". Goodreads.
  31. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem. "Sonate Voor Een Blauwe Vuurtoren". Goodreads.
  32. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem. "Libertijns Manifest". Goodreads.
  33. ^ "Libertijnse breekpunten: Wat willen de Libertijnen? (Dutch Edition): Jean Pierre van Rossem: 9789068013542: Amazon.com: Books". amazon.com.
  34. ^ "Een dode zwaan in Tann". cultuurkuur.be.
  35. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem. "bol.com - De avonturen van J.P. Van Rossem 2: De schat van de arme klavers, Jean..." bol.com.
  36. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem. "Hoe word ik stinkend rijk?". Goodreads.
  37. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem. "Wie Vermoordde Andrés Cools". Goodreads.
  38. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem. "Hoe kom ik van de grond?". Goodreads.
  39. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem. "De nacht van Christus-Koning". Goodreads.
  40. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem. "Gevangenisdagboek". Goodreads.
  41. ^ "De dag van de nachtschade - Ghent University Library". ugent.be.
  42. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem. "Brigitte, of het hart van de engel". Goodreads.
  43. ^ "De maquette". google.be.
  44. ^ "De onkuise kuisheid van de Boccaccio". google.be.
  45. ^ "Crisis Hoe Lossen We Het Op van Jean Pierre Van Rossem". beursplus.be. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  46. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem. "De engel in de duivel". Goodreads.
  47. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem. "Belgisch Uranium Voor de Eerste Amerikaanse En Russische Atoombommen". Goodreads.
  48. ^ "Klasgenoten (TV Series 1989– )". IMDb.
  49. ^ "Wie ben ik (TV Series 1990– )". IMDb.
  50. ^ "Big Brother VIPS (TV Series 2001– )". IMDb.
  51. ^ Het Grote Complot - De Wereld Verklaard (Tv-Serie) Met Jean Pierre Van Rossem. YouTube. 21 August 2014.
  52. ^ "deredactie.be video: Phara - 19/02/09". deredactie.be.
  53. ^ Jean Pierre Van Rossem - Phara (27/03/2009) Volledige Uitzending. YouTube. 26 June 2014.
  54. ^ "Hadise te gast bij 'Villa Vanthilt'". TV-Visie.
  55. ^ "deredactie.be video: Van Rossem: "Ik heb nooit ambitie gehad"". deredactie.be.
  56. ^ "deredactie.be video: Van Rossem: "Ik keer niet terug naar de politiek"". deredactie.be.
  57. ^ "Pauw & Witteman (TV Series 2006–2014)". IMDb.
  58. ^ "Eén - Café Corsari - Partij Van de Toekomst". een.be. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015.
  59. ^ "Woensdag 9 maart 2016". canvas.be.

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