Famous Swiss Leaders

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Johann Rupert
(Entrepreneur, Businessperson)
Johann Rupert
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Birthdate: June 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stellenbosch

Johann Rupert is a South African-born businessman best known as the son of famous business magnate Anton Rupert. Johann is currently serving as the chairman of a luxury goods company called Richemont. In 2019, he was named the second-wealthiest person in South Africa when he was featured in Forbes magazine's The World's Billionaires list.

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Robert Louis-Dreyfus
(Businessperson)
Robert Louis-Dreyfus
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Birthdate: June 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris
Died: July 4, 2009
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Henry Wirz
(Military personnel)
Henry Wirz
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Birthdate: November 25, 1823
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: November 10, 1865
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Mikhail Bakunin
(Philosopher)
Mikhail Bakunin
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Birthdate: May 30, 1814
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Russia
Died: July 1, 1876

Mikhail Bakunin was a Russian socialist and anarchist. He is credited with founding an anarchist school of thought called collectivist anarchism. Regarded as one of the most influential personalities of anarchism, Mikhail Bakunin has had a major influence on thinkers like Peter Kropotkin, Herbert Marcuse, Errico Malatesta, Neil Postman, E. P. Thompson, and A. S. Neill.    

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Jacques Necker
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Birthdate: September 30, 1732
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Geneva
Died: April 9, 1804
 6 
Desmond Swayne
(Politician)
Desmond Swayne
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Birthdate: August 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
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Simonetta Sommaruga
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Birthdate: May 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zug, Switzerland

While Simonetta Sommaruga has been the president of Switzerland, she is also a talented pianist, trained at the Lucerne School of Music. She later dropped out of a university English course. She has also been the director of the Consumer Protection Foundation and part of committees on energy and the environment.

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John Sutter
(Swiss Immigrant Known for Establishing 'Sutter's Fort' in the Area that Would Eventually Become Sacramento, California)
John Sutter
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Birthdate: February 23, 1803
Sun Sign: Pisces
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.

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Doris Leuthard
(Politician and lawyer who served as a Member of the Swiss Federal Council from 2006 to 2018)
Doris Leuthard
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Birthdate: April 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Merenschwand, Switzerland
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Ignazio Cassis
(President of Switzerland)
Ignazio Cassis
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Birthdate: April 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sessa, Ticino, Switzerland

The current president of Switzerland and FDP.The Liberals politician, Ignazio Cassis is also a qualified doctor of internal medicine, who has previously led the Swiss Medical Association as its vice president. He is also fluent in German, French, and Italian, and was initially an Italian citizen.

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Antoine-Henri Jomini
(Military general)
Antoine-Henri Jomini
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Birthdate: March 6, 1779
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Payerne, Switzerland
Died: March 24, 1869
 12 
Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle
(31st President of Chile (1994 - 2000))
Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle
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Birthdate: June 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santiago

Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle served as the President of Chile from 1994 to 2000. Under his presidency, poverty in Chile decreased and improvements were made in education and health sectors. An important politician, Frei also served as the President of the Senate of Chile from 2006 to 2008.

 13 
Viola Amherd
(Politician, Lawyer)
Viola Amherd
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Birthdate: June 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brig-Glis, Switzerland
 14 
Christoph Blocher
(Swiss Politician)
Christoph Blocher
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Birthdate: October 11, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Schaffhausen
 15 
Alfred Escher
(Swiss Politician)
Alfred Escher
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Birthdate: February 20, 1819
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zürich
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Karin Keller-Sutter
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Birthdate: December 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Uzwil, Switzerland
 17 
Micheline Calmy-Rey
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Birthdate: July 8, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sion
 18 
Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf
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Birthdate: March 16, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Felsberg, Switzerland
 19 
Ruth Dreifuss
(Politician)
Ruth Dreifuss
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Birthdate: January 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Gallen, Switzerland
 20 
Ulrich Wille
(Military leader)
Ulrich Wille
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Birthdate: April 5, 1848
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: January 31, 1925
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Charles Albert Gobat
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Birthdate: May 21, 1843
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tramelan, Switzerland
Died: March 16, 1914
 22 
Guillaume Henri Dufour
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Birthdate: September 15, 1787
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Konstanz, Germany
Died: July 14, 1875
 23 
Jonas Furrer
(Politician)
Jonas Furrer
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Birthdate: March 3, 1805
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Winterthur, Switzerland
Died: July 25, 1861
 24 
Hans-Rudolf Merz
(Former President of the Swiss Confederation)
Hans-Rudolf Merz
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Birthdate: November 10, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Herisau, Switzerland
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François Bonivard
(Genevan Nobleman, Historian and Politician)
François Bonivard
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Birthdate: 1493 AD
Birthplace: Seyssel, France
Died: 1570 AD

François Bonivard was a nobleman and historian whose life was the inspiration for Lord Byron's 1816 poem The Prisoner of Chillon. He was a partisan of the Protestant Reformation and a Geneva patriot at the time of the Republic of Geneva. His life was tumultuous, and by most accounts, he was a libertine. He was married four times.

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Françoise Giroud
(Journalist)
Françoise Giroud
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Birthdate: September 21, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: January 19, 2003
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Frederick Haldimand
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Birthdate: August 11, 1718
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland
Died: June 5, 1791
Johann Kaspar Bluntschli
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Birthdate: March 7, 1808
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: October 21, 1881
 29 
Pascal Couchepin
(Former Member of the Swiss Federal Council)
Pascal Couchepin
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Birthdate: April 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Martigny
Jean-Henri Merle d'Aubigné
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Birthdate: August 16, 1794
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Eaux-Vives, Switzerland
Died: October 21, 1872
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Jörg Jenatsch
(Political Leader)
Jörg Jenatsch
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Birthdate: 1596 AD
Birthplace: Samedan, Switzerland
Died: January 24, 1639
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Frédéric-César de La Harpe
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Birthdate: April 6, 1754
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rolle, Switzerland
Died: March 30, 1838
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Adrian von Bubenberg
(Military officer)
Adrian von Bubenberg
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Birthdate: 1434 AD
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
Died: July 31, 1479
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Moritz Leuenberger
(Politician, Lawyer)
Moritz Leuenberger
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Birthdate: September 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Biel/Bienne
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Hans Waldmann
(Military leader)
Hans Waldmann
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Birthdate: 1435 AD
Birthplace: Blickenstorf, Switzerland
Died: April 6, 1489
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Aegidius Tschudi
(Statesman)
Aegidius Tschudi
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Birthdate: February 5, 1505
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glarus, Switzerland
Died: February 28, 1572
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Ulrich Ochsenbein
(Politician)
Ulrich Ochsenbein
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Birthdate: November 24, 1811
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Switzerland
Died: November 3, 1890
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Giuseppe Motta
(Politician)
Giuseppe Motta
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Birthdate: December 29, 1871
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Airolo, Switzerland
Died: January 23, 1940
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Stefano Franscini
(Politician)
Stefano Franscini
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Birthdate: October 23, 1796
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bodio, Switzerland
Died: July 19, 1857
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Abraham Davel
(Soldier)
Abraham Davel
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Birthdate: October 20, 1670
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Morrens, Switzerland
Died: April 24, 1723
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Alois von Reding
(Politician)
Alois von Reding
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Birthdate: March 6, 1765
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Schwyz, Switzerland
Died: February 5, 1818
Niklaus Manuel Deutsch
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Birthdate: 1484 AD
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
Died: April 28, 1530

Niklaus Manuel Deutsch was not just a soldier and a statesman from Switzerland, but also a talented painter. A major figure of Swiss Renaissance art, he was initially inspired by Italian painters and later included mythological and spiritual themes in his works such as Pyramus and Thisbe.

Charles Pictet de Rochemont
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Birthdate: September 21, 1755
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cartigny, Switzerland
Died: December 28, 1824
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Rudolf Brun
(Politician)
Rudolf Brun
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Birthdate: 1290 AD
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: September 17, 1360
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Jakob Stämpfli
(Politician)
Jakob Stämpfli
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Birthdate: February 23, 1820
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wengi, Switzerland
Died: May 15, 1879
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Emil Welti
(Politician)
Emil Welti
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Birthdate: April 23, 1825
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bad Zurzach, Switzerland
Died: February 24, 1899
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Pierre Graber
(Politician)
Pierre Graber
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Birthdate: December 6, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Died: July 19, 2003
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Niklaus Leuenberger
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Birthdate: 1615 AD
Birthplace: Rüderswil, Switzerland
Died: August 27, 1653
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Numa Droz
(Politician)
Numa Droz
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Birthdate: January 27, 1844
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Died: December 15, 1899
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Peter Ochs
(Politician)
Peter Ochs
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Birthdate: August 20, 1752
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: June 19, 1821