Born 1962. Swiss citizen. Married, 2 children. He completed his bank apprenticeship before spending time abroad to improve his language skills. Trained as an investment consultant and portfolio manager at the Union Bank of Switzerland in Zurich, graduating as a bank specialist ("dipl. Bankfachmann"). Until 1996 at LGT Bank AG in Vaduz as Deputy Director and Head of a Principal Investment Consultancy Department. He was responsible inter alia for the training and further training of investment consultants. Swiss Banking School graduate. Further professional experience provided by periods spent working in Hong Kong and San Francisco. Founding member of Faro Invest. Contribution towards establishing the business as a recognised asset management company, with responsibility for the Italy market. Hobbies: Sport, travel.