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Economist , university professor , private sector banker

Jean-Pierre Roth is a Swiss banker who served as chairman of the Swiss National Bank from 1 March 2006 until 31 December 2009.


Roth, Jean-Pierre was born on April 28, 1946.


He received a doctorate in economics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. He pursued postdoctoral studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


He joined the Swiss National Bank in 1979, working in Zürich and Bern. He became vice-chairman of the governing board in 1996. In 2001, he became chairman of the governing board.

He is currently the governor of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Switzerland and chairman of the board of directors of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel. He also is a director of Nestlé and the Swatch Group. Roth has been credited with the measures taken to restore public confidence in the Swiss banking system and blamed for destroying the Swiss franc.

Although he certainly had input into the measures implemented by the Swiss banking system and the Swiss government, he certainly did not single-handedly do either.


Married Floriane Tognetti. 3 children.

Floriane Tognetti