The renowned creator of giant sculptures and paintings featuring mathematical concepts, who grew up in difficult circumstances in a remote French village, continues to explore new artistic forms in his eighth decade. Many artists come from humble origins, but Bernar Venet’s were more humble than most. He grew up in a small village in south-east […]
In a ski resort high in the French Alps, the Flocons de Sel restaurant in Megève has been awarded the coveted three Michelin stars for the cuisine of its talented and innovative chef.
The young Spanish maestro says that conducting a symphony orchestra requires leadership, generosity, a self-critical attitude and recognition of common interests which gives meaning to life and strengthens society. From her earliest days, Inma Shara knew that music would be a part of her life. Although she could hardly imagine herself ending up as a […]
The founder of Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberté, has pledgedC$100m from his personal foundation to support the establishment of One Drop, an international initiative to ensure that water is accessible to everyone.
On a visit to Switzerland in the summer of 2013, the legendary African-American impresario talks about his approach to the music industry, his social activism and his continuing involvement in what he describes as the ‘Rolls-Royce of festivals’.
The President of the Aga Khan University leads the work of a centre of knowledge founded by the Aga Khan to help the people of developing countries tackle their problems.
After remarkable economic growth in recent years, Asia’s emerging markets face new challenges. But there are grounds for optimism about the prospects over the medium to long
term, according to three of Pictet’s investment experts
The family company which started making knives for the Swiss army more than a century ago is now run by the great-grandson of the founder — having diversified from knives and cutlery into timepieces, travel gear, fashion and fragrances.
The co-founder and Chief Executive of Europe’s largest biotech company, which has pioneered a series of innovative drugs, says that Switzerland is to pharmaceuticals what Paris and Milan are to the fashion industry.
Deep in the heart of alpine Switzerland, a family-owned engineering company makes small electric motors which are renowned all over the world for their technological innovation, quality and durability in even the most extreme conditions.
A unique collection of modern and contemporary art masterpieces, assembled over more than 50 years by a husband and wife team, has welcomed more than five million visitors since 1997.
In less than three decades, the Geneva-based Frenchman has become famous among discerning collectors for timepieces which combine traditional Swiss quality with revolutionary innovation and exceptionally beautiful design.
In an era when numbers have come to dominate the hospitality industry, a family-owned hotel high in the Alps offers outstanding personal service to guests who return year after year to enjoy its unique and peaceful location.
The renowned Peruvian photographer Mario Testino has created a cultural institute in Lima to exhibit his work, celebrate the artistic heritage of his native country and provide a focus for his philanthropic activities.
An iconic family business in the heart of Zürich, established in 1836 and now in the sixth generation of its management, is famous across the world for its delicious Luxemburgerli truffles, pralines, tarts and pastries.
A leading financial historian discusses the origins of banking in Switzerland, its evolution through the years and how it has adapted to the internationalisation and then globalisation of financial markets. Perspectives: When did banking first come to Switzerland? Professor Youssef Cassis: Like most European countries, Switzerland has a banking tradition going back to the Middle Ages, […]
Yossi Vardi has founded and helped build more than 60 high-tech companies since 1969, in fields such as software, the internet and mobile applications. He attributes Israel’s record of innovation to its entrepreneurial ecosystem—and an open culture of risk versus failure The difference between an entrepreneur and the rest of the population is easy to explain, he says, explaining it as some […]
Today’s philanthropists increasingly employ business techniques to find solutions to global issues that maximise impact and can be scaled up faster. Philanthropy is changing fast, with several trends clearly visible. The common factor is the extent to which philanthropists employ techniques from business, particularly the financial sector, to make a much greater impact on intractable problems around […]
In the fast-changing world of digital media, there are the entrepreneurs who create start-ups, business angels who finance their first steps, venture capitalists who provide more substantial funding, and investment bankers who take the most successful through to maturity. But as innovation gathers pace and disruptive new technologies sweep away traditional industries, the barriers between these different activities are breaking down, and […]
Probably the most acclaimed watchmaker of the last decade, François-Paul Journe built in just 15 years a landmark brand in the watch industry. This short video, announcing a larger interview in the December edition of Pictet Report, summarises his tips for entrepreneurs.