Duisenberg was the first head of the ECB, serving from 1998 to 2003. Having shepherded the euro through its introduction in 1999, he became known as the father of the 12-nation European common currency.
With his calm manner, he established peoples basic trust in the euro, German finance minister Hans Eichel told the Associated Press in Berlin. We will remember his personality and what he achieved.
Tall and stoop-shouldered, with a big mane of white hair, Duisenberg sometimes came off as more of a professor than a heavyweight policy-maker.
He is survived by his wife, Gretta Duisenberg-bedier de Prairie, and two adult sons from a previous marriage.