Basel City: People

Interesting People form Basel CIty

 

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

Roger Federer, a Swiss tennis player and one of the country’s most successful sportsmen, was born in Basel on 8 August 1981. Roger first played tennis at the tender age of three. Five years later, he joined Switzerland’s biggest tennis club, the TC Old Boys. In 1993, after his first international successes, he decided to dedicate himself wholly to his career in tennis. Over his career to date, he has won 16 grand slam tournaments in singles. He topped the world tennis ranking list in 2001, 2005-07 and 2009.


 

Hans-Peter Tschudi

Hans-Peter Tschudi

Hans-Peter Tschudi was born in Basel on 22 October 1913. A Swiss politician and member of the Social Democratic Party (SP), he studied law at the universities of Basel and Paris and became a professor of employment and social security law in 1952. From 1959 to 1973, he was a member of the Swiss Federal Government. While serving as a Bundesrat, Tschudi headed the Federal Department of the Interior. Tschudi’s achievement in government was to introduce the three-pillar principle and supplementary benefits under the Federal Old-Age and Survivors’ Pension Insurance Act, which also earned him the nickname of “Pension Papa” – something of a misnomer.


 

Gigi Oeri

Gigi Oeri

Gigi (Gisela) Oeri was born in Schopfheim on 8 November 1955. She studied physiotherapy and married Andreas Oeri, one of the co-heirs of the Basel-based pharmaceuticals group, F. Hoffmann-La Roche. Thus she is one of Switzerland’s wealthiest women. For the past five years she has worked to promote FC Basel. Under her presidency, the club has enjoyed major national and international successes.  


 

Jacques Herzog

Jacques Herzog

Jacques Herzog, born in Basel on 19 April 1950, studied architecture with Pierre de Meuron at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich from 1975. In 1978 the twosome founded the architectural bureau Herzog & de Meuron. Herzog & de Meuron won prominence on the international stage with their project for London’s Tate Modern. The architects designed the exterior with Dieter Kienast, a landscape architect from Zurich, who was later to support the architectural duo in many other projects. In recent years, the two architects have hit the headlines especially by building spectacular sports stadia such as Basel’s St. Jakob Park, the Allianz Arena in Munich and the National Stadium in Beijing.


 

 

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