Otto Graf Lambsdorff

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Otto Graf Lambsdorff (1926-2009) was a partner at the law firm TaylorWessing Lawyers in Düsseldorf. He was a member of the German Bundestag from 1972 to 1998 and minister of the economy of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1977 to 1984. He was honorary chairman of the Free Democratic Party and a member of the FDP since 1951. Count Lambsdorff was chairman of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation from 1995 to April 2006. He was president of the Liberal International from 1992 to 1994. A lawyer by training, he had been active in banking and insurance since 1955. In 1972, he became a member of the Board of Management of Victoria Versicherung, a group of insurance companies in Germany. He served on the Steering Committee of the Free Democratic Party since 1983 and became its chairman in 1988. He continued to represent the FDP as its chief economic spokesman up to 1997 and was a member of the board of numerous companies. He served on Sadako Ogata's UNHCR's Informal Advisory Group between 1994 and 2000. Count Lambsdorff was European chairman of the Trilateral Commission from October 1991 until March 2001 and subsequently served as honorary European chairman until his death in December 2009.

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