Matolcsy György portré_250px.jpgDr. Matolcsy György

Governor of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank since 4 March 2013, Mr Matolcsy holds a university degree in economics.

Date of birth: 18 July 1955

Place of birth: Budapest

Nationality: Hungarian

Marital status: married, father of three children




2013- Governor, The Central Bank of Hungary

2010–2013 Ministry for National Economy, minister for national economy

2007–2010 Hungarian Economic Development Institute – founder, head

2000–2002 Ministry of Economic Affairs, minister of economic affairs

Author and head of the Széchenyi Plan

1995–2000 /2002–2010 Director of Privatisation Research Institute,

then of its successor organisation, the Institute for Growth

1991–1994 European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) – London

member of the Board of Governors of the London based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for three years, as representative of the government of Hungary,

Director of the bank in 1994

1991 Privatisation Research Institute – managing director

1990 Prime Minister’s Office – political state secretary, personal economic advisor to prime minister József Antall, head of the Economic Policy Secretariat and secretary of the Economic Cabinet

1987 Financial Research Plc. (Pénzügykutató Rt.) – theoretical researcher, advisor in the field of capital markets

1985 Financial Research Institute – scientific researcher

1978–1985 Ministry of Finance, Department of Industry



1984 University Doctorate

  • Dissertation topic: Conversion of Hungarian state-owned companies into holdings, possibilities offered by the new corporate organisation concept

1972–1977:Karl Marx University of Economics

  • Degree in Economics awarded by the Faculty of Industry
  • Thesis topic: enterprises

1969–1973Szilágyi Erzsébet Secondary School of Budapest – specialising in biology, Latin, chemistry

Type C intermediate level English language examination




  • Lábadozásunk évei [Years of Recovery] (1991)
  • Sokk (vagy kevés?) [Shock Therapy, or Too Little?] (1998)
  • Élő emlékeink [Our Living Memories] (2003)
  • Amerikai birodalom [American Empire] (2004)
  • Éllovasból sereghajtó [From Vanguard to Bringing Up the Rear] (2008)
  • Egyensúly és növekedés (2015)
  • Amerikai Birodalom vs. Európai Álom - Az euró kudarca (2020)
  • On the Edge of Times (2022)
  • Olvasó-Napló I-II. (2023)
  • Magyar jövőkép és stratégia 2010-2030 (2023)


Author of several hundred articles, studies, interviews, publications

Regular contributor to the Heti Válasz journal from the second half of the 2000s

Co-author of the Szent István economic policy plan (2007)

Co-author of the study entitled ‘Fordulat és Reform’ [Transition and Reform] (1987)


Public line and career

End of 1989: contributes to the drawing up of the future government programme upon request of the president of the Hungarian Democratic Forum

1998: Economic advisor of Fidesz, author of the party’s economic programme

From the end of 1998: member of the economic advisory body of prime minister Viktor Orbán

Since 2003: member of FIDESZ Hungarian Civic Union

2003–2007: chairman of the board of trustees of the Foundation for a Civic Hungary Union.

2006-2010: member of the national assembly delegated from Bács-Kiskun County

2006–2010: member of the Economic and Informatics Committee of the National Assembly



  • Barankovics Commemorative Coin award (2013)
  • Honorary doctor - University of Debrecen (2019)
  • Honorary citizen of the city of Kecskemét (2023)
  • Honorary professor - John von Neumann (2024)