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Ernesto Bertarelli | $ 10.6 Billion
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Ernesto Bertarelli

Serono, Kedge Capital, Alinghi

Net Worth $ 10.6 Billion
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  • Birthday22nd Sep, 65
  • Birth PlaceSwitzerland
  • Marital statusMarried
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Gained fame from his discovery of a natural hormone used in the treatment of female infertility, Ernesto Bertarelli is a growing Swiss-Italian billionaire and is world’s 81st richest person. Ernesto became CEO of his father’s company Serono in 1996 and took the revenues of the company from $809 million in 1996 to $2.8 billion in 2006. In acknowledgment of his achievement, Bertarelli has been given the Légion d’Honneur by President Jacques Chirac of France. He has also launched an investment firm Ares Life Sciences 2008 and has invested $680 million in healthcare companies. Apart from interest in biotechnology Bertarelli also founded the yachting syndicate Team Alinghi in 2000 that won the Louis Vuitton Cup in 2003 .Ernesto got married to former 1988 Miss UK and song-writer Kirsty Roper and the couple has three children. His wife is currently ranked as the UK’s richest woman.Berarelli lives in Gstaad with his family and also likes to spend time in their house on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Quotes

  • Everybody says my dream was to win this but in reality I just wanted to put a good team together, a team we could be proud of and capable of maybe winning.
  • 2005 was a year of continued growth and business expansion. Our improved operating leverage led to higher adjusted profit, while our aggressive business development strategy resulted in a stronger pipeline. During 2006, we will maintain our focus on maximizing the potential of our marketed products, the efficiency of our business operations and the advancement of our most promising clinical programs.
  • It is clear we cannot stand still.
  • Our strong first quarter top-line performance reflects a healthy business across the board. Moving forward we will continue to invest in our existing businesses and R&D pipeline.

Did you know?

  • Ernesto's wife Kirsty Roper became Miss UK in 1988

Family & relationships

Ernesto Bertarelli Estates and Homes (3)

La Bergerie

La Bergerie

Ernesto owns a lavish house on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, his home country. This place is known for Yacht racing probably which is why he must have bought a house there.
Bertarelli's primary residence

Gstaad Chalet

This £8 million chalet complex is the primary residence of Ernesto and his celebrity wife Kirsty. The house is close to similar piles owned by Bernie Ecclestone. The complex includes houses for Ernesto and Kirsty and their three children. It also has outbuildings for staff, an underground garage and swimming pool, and vast grounds including a lake. They also keep a lot number of pets like horses, six llamas, two alpacas, goats, donkeys and turtles.
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Knightsbridge Mansion

Ernesto also owns a house in Knightsbridge which is a road which gives its name to an exclusive district lying to the west of central London.

Ernesto Bertarelli Yachts (3)

The VAVA

Vava yacht

The 155 foot feadship yacht was launched in 1996 and has since been the playground for rich and famous Ernesti and his wife Kirsty. The yacht holds special importance for both of them as they were first introduced to each other on the same yacht and it was love at first site for both of them.

Cruising yacht

Cruising yacht
The exceptional wave whacker feature makes Vava yacht a popular cruising yacht

Luxurious super yacht

Luxurious super yacht
One of the luxurious super yacht of Ernesto Bertarelli
Impressive super-yacht

Vava II yacht

Ernesto and his equally famous wife Kirsty Bertarelli are getting themselves a massive 96-metre yacht called Vava II that costs an incredible £100 million. At 96 meters, this is the 33rd largest yacht in the world and the largest private yacht ever built on the British soil. Featuring sumptuous interiors, the yacht took more than 200 craftsmen over two years to build at the Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth and was christened Vava II on September 10, 2011.  Pharmaceuticals tycoon Mr Bertarelli is an avid sailor and has twice won the prestigious America’s Cup race. When delivered to him in Feb 2012, this yacht will replace his existing mega yacht Vava.


Features: The six-deck yacht has lavish guest cabins, a fold-down beach club and a pool which can be varied in depth to cater for guest preferences. It also comes with four boats to ferry passengers to shore and a helicopter landing pad. Much is not known about the yacht’s design except that the exteriors were designed by Hampshire-based specialists Redman Whiteley Dixon while the interiors were styled by Remi Tessier.  

Incredible

Incredible
The $150m superyacht has been built for Britain's richest woman Kirsty Bertarelli and her billionaire husband Ernesto

Luxury personified

Luxury personified
It is still awaiting trials
Sailing yacht

Alinghi yacht

Twice winner of the prestigious America's Cup yacht race Ernesto also owns a yacht called Alinghi.  The yacht was developed with the help of design team headed by Grant Simmer. The yacht was launched on July 8th 2009 and was under initial trialling on Lake Geneva. The key design features of Alinghi 5 is its light but stiff Y-shape central spine and has a complete carbon fiber body. The yacht also has optic-fibre sensors which provide real time monitoring of the boat.

Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi

Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi
He recently set a new Atlantic sailing record on the giant sailboat Banque Populaire V as well

America's Cup boat

America's Cup boat
Ernesto Bertarelli's racing sailing yacht

Ernesto Bertarelli Wedding (1)

Kirsty and Ernesto

Staffordshire-born Kirsty Bertarelli first met Ernesto in 2000 aboard the private yacht of Ernesto while he was holidaying in Sardinia, Italy.Theirs was a love at first sight and Kirsty even wrote a song 'Black Coffee' inspired from their love affair, which became instant hit. They married in 2000, in a marquee in Geneva, and in front of their 250 guests Kirsty sang 'Black Coffee'.
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