Mark Rutte is the Prime Minister of the Netherlands. He was born on 14 February 1967 in The Hague and is the leader of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy. He has been in power for 12 years now. Here are interesting facts about the life of Mark Rutte.
From remaining single to enjoying using his old Nokia phone to send texts, Mark Rutte has had an interesting life, that’s for sure.
Facts 1: He is the youngest child in a large family
Mark Rutte is the youngest in the family with 7 siblings. He was a mischievous and naughty kid. Rumor has it that he has a bit of a temper. However, this was calmly and humorously denied by the prime minister. He said he only ‘slams the door twice a year and then sticks his head out to say sorry’.
Facts 2: The Prime Minister is still happily single
Mark Rutte is a ‘fun single’. Asked about the absence of a wife, the prime minister said he might one day have a ‘wife and children’. But not yet. ‘The most important thing to ask is “am I satisfied with the way I live right now?” And I am,’ he said.
Facts 3: He won’t be a politician forever
Rutte says he won’t be a politician forever. He spent ten years in industry before entering politics and now spends one morning teaching sociology two hours a week at Johan de Witt College, a high school in The Hague.
Facts 4: Mark Rutte likes his political opponents
Surprisingly, Mark Rutte likes his political opponents. However, his real friends were from before he entered politics and were not interested in VVD. But, he usually wants all of his peers, especially SP’s Emile Roemer. ‘He has integrity. And so does everyone in politics. ‘
Facts 5: Milos Forman’s Hair is his favorite movie
Mark Rutte’s favorite movie is Milos Forman’s Hair from 1979. The movie – about the Vietnam war – was made when he was 12 years old, but Rutte was a boy who soon became interested in politics at a young age.
Facts 6: Mark Rutte rides his bike to work
The Netherlands is a country of bicycles. It’s no surprise that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte likes to visit his office there. And lately he’s been making the journey by bike as often as he can.
“I haven’t cycled much in 10 years. But for the past two years, I’ve had my own bike back and, weather permitting, I’ll go into the office that way,” he told the World Economic Forum.
Facts 7: Mark Rutte used to be the human resources director of Unilever
After finishing school, Rutte entered the business world, working as a manager for Unilever (and its food subsidiary, Calvé). Until 1997, Rutte was part of Unilever’s human resources department, and played a leadership role in several reorganizations. From 1997 to 2000, Rutte was a chief staff officer of Van den Bergh Nederland, a subsidiary of Unilever’s. In 2000, Rutte became a member of the Corporate Human Resources Team, and in 2002, he became the chief human resources officer for IgloMora Groep, another Unilever’s subsidiary.