Andrej Babiš

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Andrej Babiš

Babiš in 2015
Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
In office
6 December 2017 – 17 December 2021
PresidentMiloš Zeman
DeputyRichard Brabec (2017–2019)
Martin Stropnický (2017–2018)
Jan Hamáček
Alena Schillerová
Preceded byBohuslav Sobotka
Succeeded byPetr Fiala
Leader of ANO 2011
Assumed office
11 May 2012
Preceded byPosition established
First Deputy Prime Minister of the
Czech Republic
In office
29 January 2014 – 24 May 2017
Prime MinisterBohuslav Sobotka
Preceded byJan Fischer
Succeeded byRichard Brabec
Minister of Finance
In office
29 January 2014 – 24 May 2017
Prime MinisterBohuslav Sobotka
Preceded byJan Fischer
Succeeded byIvan Pilný
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
26 October 2013
Personal details
Born (1954-09-02) 2 September 1954 (age 69)
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
(now Slovakia)
CitizenshipSlovakia,[1] Czech Republic[2]
Political partyANO 2011 (2012–present)
Other political
Communist Party of Slovakia (1980–1989)
Monika Herodesová (m. 2017)
Alma materUniversity of Economics, Bratislava

Andrej Babiš (Czech pronunciation: [ˈandrɛj ˈbabɪʃ]; born 2 September 1954) is a Czech businessman and politician. He was the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic from 2017 until 2021. In 2023, he unsuccessfully ran for President of the Czech Republic, losing to General Petr Pavel.

Babiš, the second richest man in the Czech Republic, is a former CEO and sole owner of the Agrofert group[3] with a net worth of about $4.04 billion according to Bloomberg.[4]

Political career[change | change source]

Babiš served as Finance Minister of the Czech Republic and Deputy Prime Minister responsible for the economy from January 2014 to May 2017 until he was fired by Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka due to rumors of financial irregularities. Babiš has led ANO 2011 party since 2012 when he founded it as a protest movement against established politics. He has been Member of the Chamber of Deputies (MP) since 2013.

Scandals[change | change source]

Babiš has been under investigation since December 2015 due to allegations that an anonymous company he controlled unlawfully received subsidies from the European Union. In September 2017, his parliamentary immunity was stripped after police request in connection with the case and Babiš was formally charged on 9 October 2017.[5]

Prime Minister[change | change source]

Babiš was elected Prime Minister of the Czech Republic following his victory in the 2017 legislative election when his party won 78 seats winning the majority party in the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Babiš vládne i slovenským boháčům. Díky dvojímu občanství | Chytré portfolio". Lidové noviny (in Czech). 4 November 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  2. "Babiš – nový magnát č. 1". (in Czech). 19 December 2001. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  3. "Končím ve vedení Agrofertu, tvrdí Babiš. Majitelem ale zůstává, sám si podepsal výpověď". Hospodářské noviny (in Czech). iHNED. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  4. "Bloomberg Billionaires Index". Bloomberg. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  5. "Czech election front-runner charged with subsidy fraud". POLITICO. 2017-10-09. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  6. "Anti-establishment billionaire Andrej Babiš to be named Czech PM". The Guardian. October 22, 2017.

Other websites[change | change source]