Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, the controlling shareholder of his Geneva-based private bank, would find it hard to swallow
being taxed in France on what he earns in Switzerland.
On this afternoon of 26 April 2012 the Bilan team is received by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild at his mansion in Pregny (just outside Geneva). This morning Benjamin de Rothschild chaired the Annual General Meeting of Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild. Today is also the day that Claude Messulam has officially transferred his duties as CEO and Chairman of the bank’s Executive Committee to his successor, Christophe de Backer.
Benjamin de Rothschild rarely grants interviews to the media. A French citizen aged 49, son of Edmond de Rothschild, he prefers to keep a low profile, well out of the limelight. Yet no one knows better than he does what investors are concerned about, for he is an investor himself— and no small-fry at that. Our ranking of Switzerland’s 300 wealthiest residents puts his net worth at 1.5 billion francs. Here is what he has to say.