Date of Birth: 04/11/1953
He started political activities in his early youth. In 1972 headed Flemish Liberal Student Union. At the age of 29 he became the head of the Flemish Liberal Party (PVV). In 1985 he became Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Budget in the government of Wilfried Martens. During this period of his young age and economic views earned him the nickname "Baby Thatcher".
In 1991 for the first time I had the opportunity to form a government, but failed, and then vremennoushel from the political scene.
In 1997 he led the party Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD), changing views on the more centrist. In 1999, having won the elections in Flanders and entered into a coalition with the Flemish and Walloon socialists and green, became head of the government.
After the parliamentary elections of 2003 formed a new government without the participation of the green. The second period is characterized by the prime minister`s frequent crises, and 2007 elections have become a serious challenge for Verhofstadt.