George Provopoulos, former central banker, dies at 74

George Provopoulos, a former Governor of the Bank of Greece, died Tuesday. He was 74.

The cause was cancer, Greek media reported.

Provopoulos was central governor from 2008-14, probably the most difficult period for the Greek economy, as it entered a protracted financial crisis that rendered the country insolvent, shrank its GDP by over a quarter and required hundred of billions in rescue packages that came with draconian requirements.

George Provopoulos was born on April 20, 1950 in Piraeus. After undergraduate economics studies in Greece, he earned his masters and doctorate from the University of Essex, in the UK.

Provopoulos taught at the University of Athens from 1979 to 2007, but he was mostly known for his banking posts in the private and public sectors.

In 1990, Provopoulos was part of a commission under Professor Angelos Angelopoulos...

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