Ion Sturza

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Not to be confused with Ioan Sturdza, the 19th century Prince of Moldavia.
Ion Sturza
Ion Sturza (December 2015).png
Prime Minister of Moldova
In office
19 February 1999 – 12 November 1999
President Petru Lucinschi
Preceded by Serafim Urechean (Acting)
Succeeded by Dumitru Braghiș
Personal details
Born (1960-05-09) 9 May 1960 (age 62)
Pîrjolteni, Soviet Union
(now Moldova)
Political party Alliance for Democracy and Reforms (1998–1999)
Spouse(s) Stela Sturza
Children 2
Alma mater Moldova State University
Religion Eastern Orthodoxy

Ion Sturza (born 9 May 1960) is a Moldovan politician and businessman who served as Prime Minister of Moldova from 19 February to 12 November 1999. On 21 December 2015, President Nicolae Timofti nominated Ion Sturza to occupy the position of prime minister for a second time.[1] However, Ion Sturza gave up the mandate, after the meeting in which his cabinet should receive the investiture vote was not held due to lack of quorum.[2]

Education and early professional career

Born in Pîrjolteni, Călărași district to the Sturdza family of Moldavian boyars, Ion Sturza graduated his studies in economics at the Moldova State University.[3]

Before the fall of the USSR in 1991, Sturza worked for the country’s Exterior Commerce Company. In 1991, he founded the Incon Company, based in Chisinau, which soon became one of Moldova’s largest industrial groups, operating in the food and beverages industry. He worked as the president of “FinComBank” in Chisinau and, from 1996, as the chairman of the Bank’s Steering Board. Currently, Sturza is the founder and chairman of Fribourg Capital, a private equity and venture capital fund.

As Prime Minister of Moldova

Ion Sturza gained broad political experience as he was a prominent politician in Moldova. He was selected as a member of the Parliament in 1998, and he subsequently became the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy. He served as Prime Minister from February 19, 1999 to November 12, 1999.

International position

As former Prime Minister of Moldova he signed in 2011 the Soros open letter calling for more Europe in the single currency turmoil.[4]

Civic activities

Ion Sturza is involved in various civic activities, being an active member of several organizations and charities. Among others, he is the founder of the Family Sturza Foundation, which has a wide range of support programmes that include giving educational grants and scholarships, supporting orphanages, and sponsoring cultural events.


  1. "Republica Moldova: Ion Sturza, desemnat la funcţia de prim-ministru". Capital. 21 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Mihai Draghici (4 January 2016). "Criza politică de la Chişinău continuă. Ce s-a întâmplat în Parlament când premierul-desemnat a venit pentru votul de învestitură". Gândul.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Omul care l-a făcut miliardar pe Patriciu, in Evenimentul Zilei, July 1, 2008
  4. As concerned Europeans we urge eurozone leaders to unite. in Financial Times Oct, 12, 2011.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ion Guțu
Minister of Economy
Succeeded by
Alexandru Muravschi
Preceded by
Serafim Urechean
Prime Minister of Moldova
Succeeded by
Dumitru Braghiș