Hans Matthöfer

Hans Matthöfer

Matthöfer in 1976
Federal Minister of Post and Communications
In office
28 April 1982  4 October 1982
Preceded by Kurt Gscheidle
Succeeded by Christian Schwarz-Schilling
Federal Minister of Finance
In office
16 February 1978  28 April 1982
Preceded by Hans Apel
Succeeded by Manfred Lahnstein
Federal Minister of Research and Technology
In office
16 May 1974  16 February 1978
Preceded by Horst Ehmke
Succeeded by Volker Hauff
Personal details
Born (1925-09-25)25 September 1925
Bochum, Germany
Died 15 November 2009(2009-11-15) (aged 84)
Bad Soden, Germany
Nationality  Germany
Political party Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)

Hans Hermann Matthöfer (25 September 1925 – 15 November 2009[1]) was a German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany.

Between 1974 and 1978 Matthöfer served as secretary of research and technology. In 1978 he took over as secretary of finance and in 1982 he left that post and served briefly as secretary of telecommunication. After his party lost power in 1982 he gave up all positions in the German government.


Born in Bochum in 1925, Matthöfer served an apprenticeship in commercial science[2] before being drafted as a soldier in the Second World War between 1943 and 1945. In 1946 he passed his examination as an interpreter for the English language. Three years later Matthöfer studied successfully economics and social science at the University of Frankfurt/Main as well as Madison, Wisconsin. In 1953 he received his bachelor of economics.

After his return to Germany Matthöfer began work in the department of economics for the workers union IG Metall, followed by 4 years at the Organization for European Economic Cooperation in Washington, D.C. and Paris. After his return to Germany he again worked for the IG Metall and developed a program for the education in companies as well as tariff policy. Between 1987 and 1997 he was president of the BGAG, an investment company owned by the workers union.

Matthöfer joined the Social Democratic party of Germany in 1950. Between 1973 and 1984 he belonged to the Social Democratic party's executive board, followed by a position as its treasurer between 1985 and 1987.



  1. Maerkische Allgemeine.de
  2. Obituary, 28 December 2009, Hans Matthöfer. The Independent, retrieved: 2010-01-19.

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