Sven Sester

Sven Sester
Minister of Finance
Assumed office
9 April 2015
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas
Jüri Ratas
Preceded by Maris Lauri
Personal details
Born (1969-07-14) 14 July 1969
Tallinn, Estonia
Political party Pro Patria and Res Publica Union
Alma mater Tallinn University of Technology
Website Official website

Sven Sester (born 14 July 1969) is an Estonian politician and current Minister of Finance.[1]

Early life

Sester was born on 14 July 1969 in Tallinn, Estonia. After graduating from high school in 1987, he studied Economics and Information Technology at the Tallinn University of Technology.[2]

Business career

From 1990 to 1991 he worked for the Mainor Centre for Public Opinion Research as data processing specialist. From 1991 to 1992 he was a manager for the Selected Daily Mail Joint Enterprise. From 1992 to 1999 he worked for ERI Real Estate Ltd in management. Later he became chairman of the board at Baltic Real Investments plc. From 2003 to 2005 he served as chairman of the supervisory board of Eesti Loto. He has been a member of the management board of Roosikrantsi Hotell Ltd. since 2007. Sester is currently president of the Estonian Tournament Bridge League, member of board of Lions Club Tallinn VIA and vice president of the Association of Estonian Small and Medium Businesses.

Political career

In 1999, Sester joined Pro Patria and Res Publica Union. From 2002 to 2003, he was deputy chairman of the financial committee in Tallinn city council. From 2003 to 2007, as a member of Riigikogu he was deputy chairman of the economic affairs committee. In 2009 he worked in the economic affairs committee and then became chairman of the financial committee of parliament.[3][4] He serves as a board member of his party.

In 2015 parliamentary election, Sester lost his seat in the parliament. There was confusion over the results, as after the initial vote count, fellow IRL candidate Viktoria Ladõnskaja was ahead Sester by one vote, but the recount put Sester ahead by one vote. Ladõnskaja asked for a second recount, which ended up with 1,393 votes for Ladõnskaja and 1,392 for Sester.[5]

On April 9 2015, Sester was nominated the Minister of Finance in Taavi Rõivas' second cabinet.[6]


  1. "Minister of Finance Sven Sester". Government of Estonia. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  2. "Sven Sester (curriculum vitae)". Riigikogu, Parliament of Estonia. 09.05.2011. Retrieved August 26, 2013. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. Sester says ESM draft law ‘reasonable’, The Baltic Times, 8 August 2012
  4. "WVU Honors Estonia Independence with Parliamentarians' visit Feb. 28". WVU Today. West Virginia University. February 21, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  5. "Recount sends Ladõnskaja to Parliament, Sester will not appeal". ERR. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  6. "New Estonian government assumes office". ERR. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Maris Lauri
Minister of Finance
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