After a distinguished career conducting famous orchestras all over the world, the Japanese maestro has founded international academies that help young instrumentalists develop their potential by playing chamber music. From a young age, Seiji Ozawa was destined for a career as a classical musician. Born in 1935 to Japanese parents in China, he made a promising […]
The Director of Geneva’s Campus Biotech is creating a new biotechnology and medical technology centre, bringing together different disciplines to find treatments that will save lives and improve the quality of life for patients. Since the beginning of modern pharmacology, the treatment of patients has relied on advances in medicine and biology to devise therapies […]
After successful careers in skiing, retailing and marketing, Florence and Daniel Cathiard sold all their business interests in 1990 and bought Château Smith Haut Lafitte, applying their skills to awakening a sleeping beauty.
The fifth-generation member of a distinguished Italian winemaking family is working with her father and sister to continuously improve the reputation of their wines which have achieved global recognition for their quality.
Innocent Drinks, launched by three friends in 1999, is a socially and environmentally responsible company which produces healthy fruit drinks and supports rural development in countries that supply their ingredients.
Ladurée is a pâtisserie which opened in Paris in 1862 and has become famous for the macarons it now sells around the world. It was acquired in 1993 by Groupe Holder, which has expanded the business from its original base in the Rue Royale to a global chain operating in five continents. Today, under […]
The oldest family business in Spain, which dates back more than 460 years, produced the first and the most famous brand of cava under the leadership of the founder’s descendants who are always striving to improve their wines.
The food and beverages businesses in this issue of Pictet Report highlight the remarkable achievements of the entrepreneurs who have built them up — often over generations. But their success also reflects the characteristics of sectors that can offer attractive long-term returns with below-market volatility. Food and drink companies have been profitable sectors to invest in […]
The American-born founder of one of the largest hospitality and leisure groups in the Asia-Pacific region has faced many challenges since starting his first business while still at school, but continues to look for gaps in the market that he can fill. There are many wealthy entrepreneurs in Thailand, but one who stands out from […]
Consumer product companies may be penalised if they ignore customers’ concerns over sustainability issues and practices seen as socially irresponsible, according to a leading business school expert on corporate ethics.
The Oscar-winning production designer, who is working on the next Bond movie at Pinewood Studios near London, describes the artistic nature of the role he has played in making iconic films over a 37-year Hollywood career. It is a key creative role in the making of a film or television drama, but it is little […]
Trained as a painter, the talented French artist designs furniture, lights, mirrors, jewellery and even for industrial design, breaking down traditional boundaries between art and design to the delight of his growing fan club. This is an exciting time for Hervé van der Straeten, who has applied his artistic skills to the design of many […]
A shoe store in Manila has grown into one of the largest conglomerates in the Philippines, with interests in retailing, shopping malls and banking that meet the needs of the country’s growing middle class. As a young child growing up in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, Teresita Sy-Coson worked part-time in the family shoe […]
An Austrian with a passion for Contemporary Art opened a gallery in Salzburg in 1983 which soon attracted a new generation of artists. With two more galleries in Paris, he now represents some 60 famous artists around the world. For a man who tried to become an artist as a young man, Thaddaeus Ropac has […]
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.