Ticino: People

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Interesting people from Ticino (more information on OltreconfiniTi - Personalità):

 

Mario Botta

Mario Botta

Mario Botta was born in Mendrisio on 1 April 1943. He is a Swiss architect of international renown. While still a student, he worked in Le Corbusier's studio. In 1970 he opened his own agency in Lugano. His architecture typically works with light, using simplified architectural shapes. Elementary geometric shapes are characteristic of his œuvre. One of Botta's most famous works is the round house in Stabio, built in 1982.


 

Flavio Cotti

Flavio Cotti

Flavio Cotti was born on 18 October 1939. He was a politican, and served as a Federal Councillor from 1987 to 1999. He became President of Switzerland in 1991, the seventh centenary of the foundation of the Swiss Confederacy, and in 1998, the 150th anniversary of the federal state.


 

Carla Del Ponte

Carla Del Ponte

Carla Del Ponte was born on 9 February 1947. A Swiss judge, she served as an examining magistrate in Lugano, then as Cantonal Prosecutor for Ticino. She became Swiss Federal Prosecutor in 1994. In 1999 she was appointed Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). She was Swiss Ambassador to Argentina since 2008.


 

Clay Regazzoni

Clay Regazzoni

Gian Claudio "Clay" Regazzoni (1939-2006) was a Swiss racing driver who epitomized Formula 1 in the 1970s. He took part in 139 Grand Prix races and won five of them, four for Scuderia Ferrari, for which he came second in the Drivers' Championship in 1974. In 1979 he also gave the Williams team its first success, at the British Grand Prix. His career ended in 1980 after an F1 accident which left him paraplegic.


 

Franco Cavalli

Franco Cavalli

Born in Locarno in 1942, Franco Cavalli is one of the world’s leading oncologists. He founded the Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland (IOSI) based in Bellinzona.


 

Sergio Ermotti

Sergio Ermotti

Sergio Ermotti entered the world of finance at the tender age of 15 and soon became one of Switzerland’s most influential bankers and managers. Since 2011 he has been the managing director of UBS, the first Ticinese to hold this post.


 

Michelle Hunziker

Michelle Hunziker

TV presenter, actress and model, Michelle Hunziker is certainly multi-talented. She was born on 24 January 1977 in Sorengo and spent part of her childhood in Ticino. She has risen to stardom in ItalyGermany and Austria.


 

Steve Lee & Gotthard

Steve Lee & Gotthard

Formed in 1992 in Lugano, the Gotthard is one of Switzerland’s most successful bands. They have sold over 3 million albums worldwide and feature two musical talents who were born and bred in Ticino, singer Steve Lee (1963-2010) and guitarist Leo Leoni.


 

Lara Gut

Lara Gut

Born in Sorengo in 1991 and raised in TicinoLara Gut is one of Switzerland’s most successful skiing stars. In the first part of her career she won a total of three silver medals in World Championships in Val-d’Isère in 2009 and Schladming in 2013.


 

Bruno Giussani

Bruno Giussani

Bruno Giussani, born in Ticino in 1964, has been the European Director of the well-known non-profit organisation TED (Technology Entertainment Design) since 2005 and is renowned as an “ideas consultant”.


 

 

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