Theunis Willem de Jongh
| Theunis Willem de Jongh |
(central banker, economist)
|Alma mater||University of Stellenbosch, University of Pretoria, Columbia University|
Theunis Willem de Jongh was born on December 15, 1913 in Gouda. He studied at the Universities of Stellenbosch, Pretoria and Columbia University.
After completing his studies, he worked from 1942 to 1945 as chief statistician at the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa. He then went to the Suid-Afrikaanse Reserwebank, the national bank of South Africa, as head of the department for economic research. There he became "Executive Assistant" in 1962 until he was appointed governor and chairman of the board in 1967.
Between 1967 and 1972 de Jongh was also Deputy Governor of the World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development - IBRD), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the International Development Association (IDA).
Since 1967 de Jongh has also been a member of the economic policy advisory body to the South African Prime Minister.
Internationally, de Jongh plays a role primarily because he is the leading banker in a country that produces over 75% of the gold in the non-communist world.
In 1947 de Jongh published the book "An Analysis of Banking Statistics in South Africa".
Jongh has been married with Anna F. de Jongh (nee Visser) since 1941.