Rudolf Willem de Korte (8 July 1936 – 9 January 2020) was a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and businessman.

Rudolf de Korte
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Rudolf de Korte in 1985
Deputy Prime Minister
In office
14 July 1986 – 7 November 1989
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byGijs van Aardenne
Succeeded byWim Kok
Minister of Economic Affairs
In office
14 July 1986 – 7 November 1989
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byGijs van Aardenne
Succeeded byKoos Andriessen
Leader of the People's Party
for Freedom and Democracy
In office
9 July 1986 – 15 December 1986
Preceded byEd Nijpels
Succeeded byJoris Voorhoeve
Minister of the Interior
In office
12 March 1986 – 14 July 1986
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byFrits Korthals Altes
(Ad interim)
Succeeded byKees van Dijk
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
14 September 1989 – 1 September 1995
In office
3 June 1986 – 14 July 1986
In office
22 December 1977 – 12 March 1986
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Personal details
Born
Rudolf Willem de Korte

(1936-07-08)8 July 1936
The Hague, Netherlands
Died9 January 2020(2020-01-09) (aged 83)
Wassenaar, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(from 1959)
Spouse(s)
Karin de Korte (m. 1966)
Children1 son and 1 daughter
Alma materLeiden University
(Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Doctor of Science)
Harvard University
(Master of Business Administration)
Cranfield University
(Master of Business and Management)
OccupationPolitician · Chemist · Researcher · Businessman · Salesman · Banker · Corporate director · Nonprofit director

Life and careerEdit

De Korte was born in The Hague, Netherlands. He attended the Maerlant Gymnasium from May 1948 until June 1954, and studied at the Leiden University in September 1954 majoring in Chemistry and obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in July 1957, before graduating with a Master of Science degree with honors on 18 October 1961, and worked as a researcher before he got a doctorate as a Doctor of Science in Chemistry on 21 May 1964. De Korte studied at the Harvard Business School of the Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in January 1962 for a postgraduate education in Business administration obtaining a Master of Business Administration degree in November 1964. De Korte subsequently studied at the Cranfield University in Cranfield, England in May 1962 for another postgraduate education in Business administration graduating with a Master of Business and Management degree in December 1964. De Korte worked as a salesman for Unilever from December 1964 until December 1977 in Hong Kong from December 1964 until March 1966 and in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from March 1966 until October 1968 and as a corporate director from October 1968 until December 1977.

De Korte served as the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy campaign manager for the elections of 1972 and 1977. De Korte became a Member of the House of Representatives after Hans Wiegel was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior in the Cabinet Van Agt–Wiegel following the cabinet formation of 1977, taking office on 22 December 1977 serving as a frontbencher and spokesperson for Economic Affairs and Social Affairs. De Korte was appointed as Minister of the Interior in the Cabinet Lubbers I following the death of Koos Rietkerk, taking office on 12 March 1986. After the election of 1986 De Korte returned as a Member of the House of Representatives, taking office on 3 June 1986. After the Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and Parliamentary leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the House of Representatives Ed Nijpels announced he was stepping down as Leader and Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives following the defeat in the election, the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy leadership approached De Korte as his successor, De Korte accepted and became the Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, taking office on 9 July 1986. Following the cabinet formation of 1986 De Korte was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs in the Cabinet Lubbers II, taking office on 14 July 1986. On 15 December 1986 De Korte announced that he was stepping down as Leader in favor of Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives Joris Voorhoeve. The Cabinet Lubbers II fell on 3 May 1989 following a disagreement in the coalition about the increase of tariffs and excises and continued to serve in a demissionary capacity. After the election of 1989 De Korte again returned as a Member of the House of Representatives, taking office on 14 September 1989. The Cabinet Lubbers II was replaced by the Cabinet Lubbers III following the cabinet formation of 1989 on 7 November 1989 and he continued to serve in the House of Representatives as a frontbencher and spokesperson for Economic Affairs and deputy spokesperson for Finances.

In August 1995 De Korte was nominated as a Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), and he resigned as Member of the House of Representatives the same day he was installed as Vice President, serving from 1 September 1995 until 30 June 2000[1]. De Korte served as Vice Chairman of the Supervisory board of the European Investment Bank from 1 September 2001 until 16 January 2012.

DecorationsEdit

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
  Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold II Belgium 30 December 1986
  Grand Officer of the Order of the Oak Crown Luxembourg 15 April 1988
  Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 20 November 1989
  Grand Cross of the Order of Merit Portugal 5 May 1998
  Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour France 20 Augustus 2000
  Knight Commander of the Order of Merit Germany 1 February 2001
  Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 1 February 2012

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Official
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ed Nijpels
Leader of the People's Party
for Freedom and Democracy

1986
Succeeded by
Joris Voorhoeve
Political offices
Preceded by
Frits Korthals Altes
Ad interim
Minister of the Interior
1986
Succeeded by
Kees van Dijk
Preceded by
Gijs van Aardenne
Deputy Prime Minister
1986–1989
Succeeded by
Wim Kok
Minister of Economic Affairs
1986–1989
Succeeded by
Koos Andriessen
Business positions
Preceded by
Philippe Maystadt
Vice President of the
European Investment Bank

1995–2001
Succeeded by
Werner Hoyer