Péter Ákos Bod

Péter Ákos Bod (born 28 July 1951) is a Hungarian politician and economist, who served as Minister of Industry and Trade in the cabinet of József Antall from 1990 to 1991 then Governor of the Hungarian National Bank from 1991 to 1994, when he resigned under the pressure of the Socialist Gyula Horn cabinet. He was also a Member of Parliament for the Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF) from 1990 until his resignation in 1991.[1] In 1996, he joined the Hungarian Democratic People's Party (MDNP) and was elected to its leadership.[2]

Péter Ákos Bod

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Bod (right) with Christopher DeMuth in 2014
Governor of the Hungarian National Bank
In office
9 December 1991 – 14 December 1994
Preceded byGyörgy Surányi
Succeeded byGyörgy Surányi
Minister of Industry and Trade
In office
23 May 1990 – 9 December 1991
Prime MinisterJózsef Antall
Preceded byFerenc Horváth (Industry)
Tamás Beck (Trade)
Succeeded byIván Szabó
Member of the National Assembly
In office
2 May 1990 – 9 December 1991
Personal details
Born (1951-07-28) 28 July 1951 (age 69)
Szigetvár, Hungary
Political partyMDF (1989–1996)
MDNP (1996–2001)
Katalin Monostori
(m. 1974; div. 2006)
Léda Szőnyi
(m. 2008)
Professionpolitician, economist

Before the second round of the 2006 parliamentary election, when MDF made it clear that they would not support Viktor Orbán's Fidesz, Orbán tried to get their support by declaring that he withdrew from Prime Minister candidacy, and sought a compromise candidate, Péter Ákos Bod. However MDF maintains its position and Fidesz lost the election by the ruling left-wing coalition parties.[3]

His ancestor was Péter Bod (1712–1769), a Transylvanian Calvinist pastor, historian, "the greatest Hungarian scientist in the late-Baroque decades."[4]

Personal lifeEdit

He married Katalin Monostori in 1974. Their daughter, Zsófia was born in 1977. They divorced in 2006. He remarried in 2008 to Léda Szőnyi with whom he has two sons, Péter (born in 2009) and Márton (born in 2011).[5]


  1. ^ "Register". Országgyűlés.
  2. ^ Bölöny, József – Hubai, László: Magyarország kormányai 1848–2004 [Cabinets of Hungary 1848–2004], Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 2004 (5th edition). p. 295.
  3. ^ "Orbán Bod Péter Ákost ajánlja" (in Hungarian). Index.hu. 12 April 2006. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  4. ^ Sőtér, István (ed.): A magyar irodalom története, Vol. II,. Budapest, Akadémiai Kiadó, 1964. p. 562.
  5. ^ [Magyarország sikeres személyiségei – British Publishing House, 2020 – Bod Péter Ákos]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tamás Beck
Minister of Industry and Trade
Succeeded by
Iván Szabó
Preceded by
György Surányi
Governor of the Hungarian National Bank
Succeeded by
György Surányi