|52nd Prime Minister of Belgium|
|Assumed office |
27 October 2019
Alexander De Croo
|Preceded by||Charles Michel|
|Minister of Budget|
1 October 2015 – 27 October 2019
|Prime Minister||Charles Michel|
|Preceded by||Hervé Jamar|
|Succeeded by||David Clarinval|
|Born||15 January 1975|
|Political party||Reformist Movement|
|Relations||Philippe Wilmès (father)|
|Education||Saint-Louis University, Brussels|
Sophie Wilmès (French: [wilmɛːs]; born 15 January 1975) is a Belgian politician who serves as Prime Minister of Belgium. She is the first female head of government of Belgium and previously held office as the head of a caretaker government until forming a permanent government in March 2020.
Wilmès was born on 15 January 1975 in the Ixelles municipality of the Brussels Capital Region. Her father Philippe Wilmès (d. 2010) was a banker and professor of business who served as chief of staff to Jean Gol of the Liberal Reformist Party. Her paternal grandparents were killed in the bombing of Limal during World War II. Her mother is Jewish. She grew up in the town of Grez-Doiceau in Wallonia and studied at university in Brussels, moving to the Flemish suburb Sint-Genesius-Rode as an adult. She has a degree in applied communication and a degree in financial management (Saint-Louis University, Brussels). She worked as an economic and financial adviser in a law firm.
In 2000, she became a councillor in Uccle. From 2007 to 2014 Wilmès was First Alderman in charge of Finance, Budget, Francophone Education, Communication and Local Businesses for the town of Sint-Genesius-Rode. From 2014 to 2015 she was a provincial councillor for the province of Flemish Brabant. In October 2014 she was elected to the Chamber of Representatives.
In September 2015, Hervé Jamar announced that he would resign on 1 October 2015 because he was selected as the governor of the province of Liège. Sophie Wilmès was selected to succeed him as minister of the budget in the Michel I Government. In December 2018 she became Minister of Budget, Civil Service, National Lottery and Scientific Policy in the Michel II Government. On 27 October 2019 she became the first female Prime Minister of Belgium, succeeding Charles Michel. She leads a caretaker government while negotiations continue to form a new coalition government. On 16 March 2020, in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, she was nominated by the King to form a permanent minority government. The day after that she was sworn in.
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