Erik Hoffmeyer

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(academic, central banker)
Born25 December 1924
Died21 August 2016 (Age 91)
Alma materCopenhagen University
Member ofDelors committee, Group of Thirty
Danish academic and central bank governor for 29 years who attended the 1982 Bilderberg

Employment.png Danish National Bank/Governor

In office
1965 - 1994
One of three governors on the board.

Erik Hoffmeyer was a Danish academic and central banker.

Early Life

Erik Hoffmeyer was the son of the bishop of Aarhus Diocese Skat Hoffmeyer and Aase Thejll and was probably best known for his time as Governor of the Danish National Bank in the years 1965 -1994.

He graduated from Aarhus Cathedral School in 1942. Because of his involvement in the resistance movement against the German occupation, he stayed in Sweden 1943-45. He graduated with a degree in economics (cand.polit.), and taught the subject as an associate professor and later professor at the University of Copenhagen in the period from 1956 to 1964. In 1958 he became dr.polit.

In 1951 he was employed by Danmarks Nationalbank and in 1962 became director of the savings bank Bikuben, where he became CEO two years later.

He has also held a number of positions of trust, including as chairman of the Politiken Foundation's board, controlling the business side of the newspapers Politiken and Ekstra Bladet, and an honorary member of the Group of 30.

He has been chairman of the Socio-Economic Society 1951-53, member of the board of the National Economic Association 1960-66, the chairmanship of the Economic Council (supervisor) 1962-65, of the Academy of Technical Sciences (1963), the Danish Economic Council (1965), of the Research Joint Committee 1965-72, the Board of Directors of CL David's Fund (1967), the Board of Directors of Byggeriet's Realkreditfond 1969-72 and on the Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank . Erik Hoffmeyer was an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Denmark in the period 1998 - 2003.

He was married to chief psychologist Lise Rafaelsen. He was previously married ( January 6, 1949 ) to Eva Kemp, daughter of a Supreme Court attorney Arne Kemp. Married to Nina Fisker from 1990 to 1992.

Attitude towards the Euro

Hoffmeyer was a member of the Delors Committee, which in 1988-89 prepared for the EU's Economic and Monetary Union, which later developed into the Euro. Hoffmeyer stated in 2012 that it was a mistake to incorporate so many economically weak countries into the Euro because their weakened competitiveness under a strong non-devaluable currency creates unemployment. Hoffmeyer recommended the solution to help these countries opt out of the Euro with a "golden handshake".[1]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/198214 May 198216 May 1982Norway
The 30th Bilderberg, held in Norway.