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Rodrigo Rato
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Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
In office
7 June 2004 – 1 November 2007
Preceded by Horst Köhler
Succeeded by Dominique Strauss-Kahn
First Deputy Prime Minister of Spain
In office
3 September 2003 – 17 April 2004
Prime Minister José María Aznar
Preceded by Mariano Rajoy
Succeeded by María Teresa Fernández de la Vega
Second Deputy Prime Minister of Spain
In office
6 May 1996 – 4 September 2003
Prime Minister José María Aznar
Preceded by Juan Antonio García Díez
Succeeded by Javier Arenas
Minister of Economy and Competitiveness
In office
27 April 2000 – 17 April 2004
Prime Minister José María Aznar
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Pedro Solbes
Minister of Economy and Finance
In office
5 May 1996 – 27 April 2000
Prime Minister José María Aznar
Preceded by Pedro Solbes
Succeeded by Cristóbal Montoro (Finance)
Personal details
Born
Rodrigo de Rato y Figaredo

18 March 1949 (1949-03-18) (age 71)
Madrid, Spain
Political party People's Party (temporarily resigned membership)
Spouse(s) Gela Alarcó
Children 3
Parents Ramón Rato
Aurora Figaredo
Alma mater Complutense University of Madrid
University of California, Berkeley

Rodrigo de Rato y Figaredo (born 18 March 1949) is a Spanish politician. He served as Minister of the Economy of Spain from 1996 to 2004. He is a member of the conservative People's Party (PP). He was also First Deputy Prime Minister from 2003 to 2004. He became Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and served from 2004 to 2007.

Rato was arrested on 16 April 2015 for alleged fraud, embezzlement and money laundering. His name appeared in the Panama Papers. On 23 February 2017, Rato was found guilty of embezzlement and sentenced to 4 ½ years' imprisonment.



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