English: Gerrit Zalm (born May 6, 1952) is a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). He served as Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister from May 27, 2003 until February 22, 2007 in the Cabinets Balkenende II and III. He served earlier as Minister of Finance in the Cabinets Kok I and II from August 22, 1994 until July 22, 2002. After his term as Minister of Finance ended in 2002 he was selected by the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy to succeed retiring Party leader and Chair of the Parliamentary Party in House of Representatives Hans Dijkstal. He served in this position for a full year for before becoming Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister in the Cabinet Balkenende II.
Nederlands: Gerrit Zalm ( Enkhuizen, 6 mei 1952) is een Nederlandse econoom, voormalig ambtenaar en ex-politicus. Tot 21 februari 2007 was hij minister van Financiën en viceminister-president in het kabinet-Balkenende III. Na de plannen van Minister Wouter Bos om ABN AMRO en Fortis te fuseren tot een bankbedrijf, zoals bekendgemaakt op 21 november 2008, is Gerrit Zalm gevraagd topman te worden van het bankconcern. Tot die tijd was hij, na eerst een half jaar parttime chief economist, CFO bij de DSB Bank.