Alexander De Croo Prime Minister of Belgium

Alexander De Croo is a Belgian politician and businessman who has served as the Prime Minister of Belgium since October 2020. He is a member of the Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats (Open VLD) party.

Early life and education

De Croo was born in Vilvoorde, Flemish Brabant, Belgium on November 3, 1975. He is the son of Herman De Croo, a former Minister of State and President of the Chamber of Representatives of Belgium. De Croo studied business engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in the United States.

Business career

After graduating from Northwestern, De Croo worked as a project leader at Boston Consulting Group. In 2006, he founded Darts-ip, a consulting firm that specializes in intellectual property strategy.

Political career

De Croo entered politics in 2009, when he was elected to the Chamber of Representatives of Belgium. He was appointed Minister of Pensions in December 2011 and became Deputy Prime Minister in October 2012. In 2014, he was appointed Minister of Development Cooperation.

De Croo became the leader of the Open VLD in September 2019. Following the 2019 federal election, he was appointed Minister of Finance in October 2019.

Prime Minister of Belgium

In October 2020, De Croo was appointed Prime Minister of Belgium following the resignation of Sophie Wilmès. He is the youngest Prime Minister of Belgium since 1884.

As Prime Minister, De Croo has focused on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing climate change, and improving the economy. He has also been a strong advocate for European integration.

Personal life

De Croo is married to Annik Penders and they have two children.

Awards and honors

In 2015, De Croo was named “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. In 2017, he was awarded the “Manager of the Year” award by the magazine “Trends-Tendances”.

Additional information

  • De Croo is fluent in Dutch, French, English, and Spanish.
  • He is a supporter of the Anderlecht football club.
  • He is a fan of jazz music.

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