Geneva: People

Interesting people from Geneva


Ernesto Bertarelli

Ernesto Bertarelli is a Swiss businessman of Italian origin, who was born in Rome on 22 September 1965. He was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Serono, the world's third biotechnology company, before its sale early in 2007.Since his earliest youth, Ernesto Bertarelli has gone sailing on Lake Geneva. He owns the Alinghi fleet of boats, notable achievements of which include winning the America's Cup twice (in 2003, his first entry, and again in 2007). He lost the Cup in 2010 against the challenge from America's BMW-Oracle. Long legal wrangling between Bertarelli and Larry Ellisson concerning the conditions of the event cast a shadow over this 33rd edition of the America's Cup.


Marc Rosset

Marc Rosset

Marc Rosset, born in Geneva on 7 November 1970, is a Swiss tennis player. He played professionally from 1988 to 2005. His is a fine record, with 15 top-level singles and 8 doubles titles to his credit. He is also an Olympic gold medalist. The highest classification he reached was ninth, in September 1995. He also captained the Swiss team for the Davis Cup from 2002 to 2005.


Jean-Luc Bideau

Jean-Luc Bideau is a Swiss actor who was born in Geneva on 1 October 1940. After passing his baccalaureat and the competition to enter the Paris Conservatoire, he made his debut at the Théâtre National Populaire in Bert Brecht's Arturo Ui. In 1969 he returned to Switzerland, where he became a film actor. From 1972, he was very busy in theatre work. Between 1988 and 1998, he moved to the Comédie Française, becoming its 484th shareholder in 1991. From 1998 to 2002, his career took off again with the French series "H", in which he starred alongside Jamel Debbouze.




Zep was born in Onex in 1967 as Philippe Chappuis. Zep is a Swiss author of comic-strip books, the best known of which is Titeuf. Titeuf's success was massive, selling a million books by the end of 1998, and 16 million, translated into 25 languages, by 2008). This enabled Zep to take on more ambitious challenges, such as Zizi's Guide to Sex, written with his wife Hélène Bruller (granddaughter of the French writer and illustrator, Jean Bruller). This sold more than three million copies. In 1998 he published the magazine Tchô! (the name is from Titeuf's favourite exclamation). He has mentored young authors in the young people's comic strip series "Tchô! La collec'".



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