Jacques Necker


Jacques Necker (l. 1732-1804) was a Swiss banker and statesman who served as finance minister to King Louis XVI of France (r. 1774-1792). He served in the king's ministry three separate times, tasked with navigating France through its dire financial crisis. Initially popular amongst the common people, Necker played a significant role in the outset of the French Revolution (1789-1799).

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  • 1732 - 1804
    Life of Jacques Necker, finance minister to King Louis XVI of France.
  • 1781
    Jacques Necker, French Director of Finance, publishes the Compte rendu au roi, the first record of royal finances ever made public.
  • 11 Jul 1789
    Jacques Necker, popular Chief Minister of France, is fired from King Louis XVI's cabinet for a second time and ordered into exile.