Famous Swiss Business People

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 1 Otto Frank

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Famous As: Father of Anne Frank
Birthdate: May 12, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Province of Hesse-Nassau
Died: August 19, 1980
Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank, published her journal, detailing her experience during the Holocaust, as The Diary of a Young Girl, after her death. Otto was the only person in his family to survive the Holocaust. A former banker, he had also served in the German army.

 2 Sepp Blatter

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Famous As: Functionary, Economist
Birthdate: March 10, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Visp

Swiss sports administrator Sepp Blatter has been a well-known face in football. Once the FIFA president, he was often plagued by criticism for his controversial statements and was also publicly heckled multiple times. He has also headed the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation and has organized the Olympics, too.

 3 Gianni Infantino

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Famous As: 9th President of FIFA
Birthdate: March 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brig, Switzerland

Gianni Infantino is a Swiss-Italian football administrator, currently serving as the president of FIFA. He studied law at the University of Fribourg and worked as the secretary-general of the International Center for Sports Studies (CIES). He later began working with the UEFA and FIFA. He was implicated in a FIFA corruption scandal in 2016. 

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 4 Louis Chevrolet

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Famous As: Co-founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company
Birthdate: December 25, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Died: June 6, 1941

Louis Chevrolet was a Swiss race car driver. He is credited with co-founding the Chevrolet Motor Car Company, which is currently a major manufacturer of cars. He is also credited with founding the Frontenac Motor Corporation. Louis Chevrolet was inducted into several halls of fame, including the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

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 5 Marc Rich

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Famous As: Business Person
Birthdate: December 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: June 26, 2013

One of the most well-known white-collar criminals ever, Marc Rich, an NYU dropout, was a self-made business magnate and commodities trader who established Glencore but was later charged with fraud and tax evasion, among other crimes. He also donated generously for leukemia research and Jewish causes.

 6 Margarita Louis-Dreyfus

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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: July 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Born in Russia, Swiss billionaire Margarita Louis-Dreyfus initially studied law and economics. She became an heir to the agricultural and food-processing commodities giant Louis-Dreyfus group after her husband Robert Louis-Dreyfus’s death. At 53, she became a mother of twins, with her partner Philipp Hildebrand. She was featured on Forbes Billionaires 2021.

 7 Nathaniel Philip Rothschild

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Famous As: Financier, Economist and Banker
Birthdate: July 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
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 8 Jorge Paulo Lemann

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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: August 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Jorge Paulo Lemann is a Brazilian billionaire businessman and investment banker. Lemann is credited with co-founding 3G Capital, a Brazilian investment firm, which owns brands like Anheuser-Busch, Burger King, and Heinz. In 2019, Jorge Paulo Lemann was named the world's 37th richest person by Forbes magazine, thanks to his net worth of 24.6 billion US dollars.

 9 Ernesto Bertarelli

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Ernesto Bertarelli is an Italian born-Swiss businessman who is counted amongst the richest men in the world.  A well-known philanthropist, Bertarelli is credited with establishing a foundation to promote research and development concerning female and male infertility. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Plymouth University.

 10 Ivan Glasenberg

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Famous As: Business executive known as former CEO of Glencore
Birthdate: January 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

While Ivan Glasenberg initially excelled in sports and even went on to become a national race-walking champion for South Africa and Israel, he later earned a business degree and began trading coal in Australia, becoming Australia’s fifth-richest man in 2015. He then took over as the CEO of Glencore and moved to Switzerland.

 11 Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont

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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: June 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland

Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice and Piedmont is the only male descendant of the former Italian king Umberto II. Since Italy banished the House of Savoy, he has lived in exile for 3 decades and is now a successful restaurateur in LA. He also often appears on Italian TV shows.

 12 Barbara Berlusconi

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Famous As: Business executive
Birthdate: July 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arlesheim, Switzerland

Barbara Berlusconi is the daughter of popular Italian politician and media tycoon, Silvio Berlusconi. A business executive, Barbara Berlusconi serves as an important member of the advisory board of Fininvest SpA. She also played an important managerial role at A.C. Milan in 2011.

 13 Joan Gamper

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Famous As: Association football player, Businessperson
Birthdate: November 22, 1877
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Winterthur
Died: July 30, 1930

Swiss-born sports executive Joan Gamper is best remembered as the founder of the legendary football club FC Barcelona. A sports enthusiast since his childhood, he excelled in many sports, such as football, golf, and tennis. He died of suicide at age 52, apparently driven by depression related to financial issues.

 14 John Sutter

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Famous As: Pioneer
Birthdate: February 15, 1803
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kandern, Germany
Died: June 18, 1880

John Sutter, also known as Don Juan Sutter, was a German-born Swiss colonizer who established Sutter's Fort, or modern-day Sacramento, the capital of California. After one of his employees, a carpenter named James W. Marshall, found gold in his area in 1848, the California Gold Rush began.

 15 Prince Egon von Fürstenberg

Prince Egon von Fürstenberg
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: June 29, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
Died: June 11, 2004

Born into a German aristocratic family in Switzerland, Prince Egon von Fürstenberg initially studied economics and also worked as an investment banker but later switched fashion designing. He also gained notoriety for his playboy persona and his bisexuality and died of hepatitis C-induced liver cancer at age 57.

 16 Daniel Humm

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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Strengelbach, Switzerland

Swiss chef and restaurateur Daniel Humm, who owns multiple restaurants, including the popular Eleven Madison Park in New York, began working as a culinary apprentice at age 14 and earned his first Michelin star at age 24. He has penned several cookbooks and also owns a food-based non-profit, Rethink Food.

 17 Dieter Meier

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Famous As: Musician, Artist, Singer, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zürich

Known for his deep voice and his signature moustache, Swiss musician and conceptual artist Dieter Meier co-founded the electronic music band Yello. The son of an affluent banker, he dropped out of a law course and pursued music and art. He is also on the board of a music technology business.

 18 Emma Jung

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Died: November 27, 1955

Better known as Carl Jung’s wife, Emma Jung was the daughter of one of the most affluent businessmen in Switzerland. Though she initially wished to study natural sciences, being a woman in her time, she couldn’t. Later a co-owner of a luxury watch company, she helped her husband financially in his career.

 19 Princess Nina of Greece and Denmark

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Famous As: Businesswoman, heiress and socialite
Birthdate: January 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Moritz, Switzerland

 20 Kojo Annan

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: July 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland

The only son of former secretary-general of the UN, Kofi Annan, Kojo Annan is a serial entrepreneur who has been associated with various companies, such as Vector Global and Made in Africa. The Swiss-born Ghanaian-Nigerian was a talented college rugby player and works to provide sports scholarships to African students.

 21 Nicolas Hayek

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 19, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Died: June 28, 2010

 22 Philipp Hildebrand

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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: July 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland

While he once headed the Swiss National Bank, Swiss banker Philipp Hildebrand had to resign later due to the controversy surrounding the currency trading practices of his former wife. He is now dating Russian-Swiss billionaire Margarita Louis-Dreyfus and heads BlackRock as its vice chairman. He is also part of G30.

 23 Meyer Guggenheim

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Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: February 1, 1828
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Langnau, Switzerland
Died: March 15, 1905

 24 Daniel Vasella

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Famous As: Swiss medical doctor
Birthdate: August 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fribourg, Switzerland

 25 Simone Tata

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: 1930 AD
Birthplace: Geneva

Swiss-born Simone Tata met her husband, Naval H. Tata., the adopted son of Sir Ratanji Tata and part of the Tata Group, on a trip to India. She later joined the board of Lakmé and transformed the Indian make-up industry, which, till then, relied on nothing more than cream and talcum powder.

 26 Monisha Kaltenborn

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Famous As: Business women who is former team principal of the Sauber Formula One team and held a 33.3% stake in the outfit
Birthdate: May 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dehradun, India

Though born in India, Monisha Kaltenborn moved to Austria as a child. After attaining a master’s degree in law, she worked for the UN and various legal firms. She also headed Sauber Motorsport as its CEO and later formed KDC Racing. The mother of two now lives with her family in Switzerland.

 27 Gerald Genta

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Famous As: Design engineer, Watchmaker
Birthdate: May 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: August 17, 2011

 28 Rolf Dobelli

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Famous As: Author, Businessman
Birthdate: July 15, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Luzern, Switzerland
Swiss businessman Rolf Dobelli was initially associated with a number of subsidiaries of Swissair and then co-established getAbstract. However, he later devoted himself to writing and penned bestsellers such as The Art of Thinking Clearly. Dubbed a “…self-help guru…” by The Times, he also advocates avoiding the news.

 29 Julius Maggi

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Famous As: Founding Maggi, which was merged with Nestle in 1947
Birthdate: October 9, 1846
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frauenfeld, Switzerland
Died: October 19, 1912

 30 Claude Nobs

Claude Nobs
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Famous As: Music Promoter
Birthdate: February 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Territet, Switzerland
Died: January 10, 2013

 31 Philippe Suchard

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Famous As: Swiss chocolatier
Birthdate: October 9, 1797
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boudry
Died: January 14, 1884

 32 Peter Voser

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baden, Switzerland

 33 Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza

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Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: April 13, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Scheveningen, Netherlands
Died: April 26, 2002

Dutch-born Swiss billionaire Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza was born into a reputed steel business family. He created one of the greatest art collections by a private collector, adding to the collection he had inherited from his father. One of his 5 marriages was to Miss Spain Carmen "Tita" Cervera.

 34 Benoît Violier

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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: August 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saintes, France
Died: January 31, 2016

 35 Josef Ackermann

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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: February 7, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Walenstadt, Switzerland

 36 Nayla Hayek

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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: January 1, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Switzerland

 37 Urs Rohner

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Famous As: Lawyer, Businessman
Birthdate: December 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

 38 Prakash Hinduja

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: June 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: India

 39 Tibor Rosenbaum

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: November 2, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kisvárda, Hungary
Died: October 23, 1980

 40 Klaus Johann Jacobs

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Famous As: Billionaire
Birthdate: December 3, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bremen, Germany
Died: September 11, 2008

 41 Reto Baumgartner

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 28, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Switzerland

 42 Louis Schweitzer

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 8, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland

 43 Theodor Tobler

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: January 24, 1876
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
Died: May 4, 1941

 44 Jacqui Safra

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Famous As: Billionaire Investor from Geneva
Birthdate: 1940 AD
Birthplace: Geneva