Guy Verhofstadt was born on 11 April 1953.
He led three governments from 1999 to 2008
Political party: VLD, Open VLD
Law at the University of Ghent
Started as a lawyer, as an advisor to Willy De Clercq, President of the PVV and Minister of Finance
Active member and subsequently President of the Union of Liberal Students of the University of Ghent (Liberaal Vlaams Studentenverbond, LVSV)
Political Secretary to the President of the PVV, Willy De Clercq
President of the PVV-Jongeren (PVV Youth organisation)
President of the PVV. At 29, he was the youngest party President in the Country.
Member of Parliament and subsequently Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Budget, Science Policy and Planning, in the Martens VI government
President of the PVV
Creation and presidency of the VLD (Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten - De partij van de burger (Flemish Liberals and Democrats - The people's party)
Rapporteur to the Rwanda Commission set up by the Senate's Foreign Affairs Committee following the Rwandan genocide
President of the VLD, for the second time
Member of the European Parliament and President of the Alliance of Democrats and Liberals for Europe group.
In order to recover from a government crisis, Guy Verhofstadt was appointed Prime Minister of an interim government prior to Yves Leterme forming a definitive government.