Ernesto Bertarelli Biography
(Swiss Businessman, Philanthropist and CEO of ‘Serono’ a Biotechnology Company)
Birthday: September 22, 1965 (Virgo)
Born In: Rome, Italy
Ernesto Bertarelli is an Italian-born Swiss businessman, sports enthusiast and philanthropist, who is among the richest persons on the earth. His family wealth is estimated to be at £11.5 billion, while according to Forbes, his estimated net worth is $9 billion. He was the CEO of Serono before it was sold to Merck. He is currently the co-chairman of the Bertarelli Foundation, the chairman of the Waypoint Capital group, and is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Like his father, he is also passionate about sailing and formed the yachting syndicate Team Alinghi, which became the first team to win the coveted America's Cup in their first attempt, and successfully defended it in the next iteration of the event. The team has also won the Extreme Sailing Series three times. His passion for sailing also made him aware of the importance of protecting marine ecosystems. As part of the Bertarelli Foundation, he has funded major marine reserve projects. The foundation also continues the Bertarelli heritage by investing into life sciences research, including biotechnology and neurosciences.