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Jamshid Amouzegar
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Prime Minister of Iran
In office
7 August 1977 – 27 August 1978
Monarch Mohammad Reza Shah
Preceded by Amir-Abbas Hoveyda
Succeeded by Jafar Sharif-Emami
Minister of Interior
In office
1 March 1974 – 7 August 1977
Prime Minister Amir-Abbas Hoveida
Preceded by Kamal Hassani
Succeeded by Gholam Reza Azhari
Minister of Finance
In office
1 February 1965 – 1 March 1974
Prime Minister Amir-Abbas Hoveida
Preceded by Amir-Abbas Hoveida
Succeeded by Hushang Ansary
Personal details
Born (1923-06-25)25 June 1923
Tehran, Qajar Persia
Died 27 September 2016(2016-09-27) (aged 93)
Rockville, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Rastakhiz Party
Ulriche Amouzegar
(died 2005)
Parent(s) Habibollah Amouzegar (father)
Ehteram Sadat Azmounian (mother)
Relatives Jahangir Amuzegar (brother)
Alma mater Cornell University

Jamshid Amouzegar (Persian: جمشید آموزگار‎; 25 June 1923 – 27 September 2016) was an Iranian economist and politician who was prime minister of Iran from 7 August 1977 to 27 August 1978 when he resigned. Prior to that, he served as the minister of interior and minister of finance in the cabinet of Amir-Abbas Hoveida. He was the leader of Rastakhiz Party during his tenure as prime minister of Iran.

Early life and education

Jamshid was born on 25 June 1923 in Tehran, Persia. His father was Habibollah Amouzegar, a leading lawyer and politician, and he had a brother, Jahangir.

He graduated from Tehran University with degrees in law and engineering. before attending Cornell University and receiving a Ph.D.


Amouzegar served as deputy minister in Iran's ministry of health under Jahanshah Saleh in 1955. In 1959 Amouzegar replaced Hassan Akhavi as agriculture minister when Akhavi was removed from the cabinet of Prime Minister Manouchehr Eghbal. He was appointed minister of labor and then minister of health in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Hasan-ali Mansour. He subsequently became minister of finance in the cabinet of Amir Abbas Hoveida after the assassination of Prime Minister Mansour in 1964, remaining in that post for nine years. From 1965 to 1974 he headed several ordinary meetings of the OPEC. In 1971, he and Saudi Oil Minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani were instrumental in implementing the series of price hikes that ultimately quadrupled the price of oil and provided the resources for Iran to modernize its infrastructure, agriculture, and defense. For this accomplishment, Amouzegar was awarded the Taj-e Iran, first-class, an honor normally reserved for only the prime minister and former prime ministers. He was appointed minister of interior in 1974. On 21 December 1975 he was taken hostage by the Venezuelan terrorist Carlos the Jackal during an OPEC meeting. Carlos was ordered to execute him but did not do so, and Amouzegar was released along with the other hostages after a few days. Carlos flew him and a Saudi to Algeria. From there, they were released.

In 1977 he became chairman of the Rastakhiz Party (Resurrection), having led the progressive faction against finance minister Hushang Ansary's liberal constructionist faction. Soon after Jimmy Carter became president of the United States, Amouzegar was appointed Prime Minister of Iran on 7 August 1977, succeeding Amir Abbas Hoveyda in the post. However, he rapidly became unpopular as he attempted to slow the overheated economy with measures that, although generally thought necessary, triggered a downturn in employment and private sector profits that would later compound the government's problems. He resigned and was replaced by Jafar Sharif-Emami on 27 August 1978.

Later years and death

Amouzegar did not return to Iran after leaving in 1978. He lived in Chevy Chase, Maryland and later in Rockville. Amouzegar was also a consultant to the governments of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

He died in Rockville, Maryland in the United States on 27 September 2016 aged 93.

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