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Abauzit, Firmin (1679-1767) France
Following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, he was brought as a child to Geneva, haven of religious freedom for his family. Endowed with a
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Adjani, Isabelle (1955-) France
This French actress settled in Geneva in 1996 to raise her two children. Born Isabelle Adjanian in Paris on June 27, 1955, she concentrated on her st
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Afflelou, Alain (1944-) France
The French optician has lived in Switzerland since 1998. Alain Afflelou was born in Algeria in 1948. The son of bakers, he left to study in France in
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Aga Khan, Sadruddin (1933-) India
The Indian prince lives in the chic suburb of Geneva. Born in 1933 in Paris, Sadruddin Aga Khan is the son of Mohammed Shah Aga Khan III of th
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Agha Khan IV, Karim (1936-) Pakistan
The billionaire leader of the Ismaeli Muslim community lives in Geneva, like his predecessor Aga Khan III. A well-known and popular public figure th
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Aznavour, Charles (1924-) France
Born Varenagh Aznavourian, French singer Charles Aznavour has made singing his career for over 55 years, with hundreds of albums in several languages
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Berda, ClaudeFrance
Président du groupe AB, producteur du sitcom "Hélène et les garçons" et magnat de la TV numérique, Mr Berda s'est installé en Suisse en 1996.
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Boetsch, Arnaud (1969-) France
The French tennis player has lived in Geneva since 1991. Born in Meulin, Alsace in 1969, Arnaud Boetsch began playing tennis at the age of eight, foll
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Borgès, Jorge Luis (1899-1986) Argentina
The great Argentinian writer lived for decades in Geneva. His family first found refuge during WWI, and young Borges learned French and German at the
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Bouygues, Corinne (1948-) France
The heiress to the Bouygues fortune lives in Geneva. Born in 1958, Corinne Bouygues is the daughter of industrialist Francis Bouygues. At the age of 2
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Brenninkmeijer, -The Netherlands
The kings of textile and owners of the chain C&A live in Switzerland. The great saga of C&A began in the Netherlands in the nineteenth century, when t
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Calvin, Jean (1509-1564) France
Le juriste français a fait de Genève la Rome protestante. Né à Noyon en Picardie (France), Calvin fut certes destiné à devenir prêtre mais il préfér
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Claparède, René-Edouard (1832-1871) France
Originally from Languedoc, the Claparède family found refuge in Geneva after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV in 1685 and was
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Cohen, Albert (1895-1981) Greece
The greek born, Marseilles-raised jewish writer came to Geneva as a student and then spent most of his life there, working for the UN and writing his
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Cordier, Mathurin (1479-1564) France
After his studies at Paris University, he began an ecclesiastic career but at the age of thirty-five, with a highly developed taste for literature
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d'Aubigné, Agrippa (1552-1630) France
Man of letters and man of war, Agrippa d’Aubigné was born in the area surrounding Pons (Saintonge) in 1552. At first, companion of Henry IV, he r
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de Bèze, Théodore (1519-1605) France
Descended from the Burgundian nobility, Théodore de Bèze was born in Vezelay in 1519. His humanist education turned him into a remarkable poet and
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de Saussure, Horace-Bénédict (1740-1799) France
The Saussure family, whose fame has spread in Geneva, as it has abroad, came originally from Lorraine. They sought refuge in Geneva at the time
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de Sellon, Jean-Jacques (1782-1839) France
This philanthropic Genevan, hard-line supporter of the abolition of the death penalty, was born of a family originating from Nîmes, who sought refug
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Delon, Alain (1935-) France
Born November 8, 1935 in Sceaux, Alain Delon is a true legend of French cinema. Before becoming an actor, he worked as a butcher's helper. At
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Laforêt, Marie (1939-) France
The French actress and singer known as the girl with the golden eyes has lived in Geneva since 1978. Born Maïtena Doumenach to a family of Armeni
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Eberhardt, Isabelle (1877-1904) Armenia
Daughter of an Armenian, Alexandre Trophimovsky, and of the Jewish wife, of German origin, of a Russian general, Isabelle Eberhardt was born in Gen
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Estienne, Robert (1503-1559) France
From a noble family of Parisian typographers, Robert Estienne was in contact with humanist circles throughout Europe. He adopted the Reformists' be
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Fahd, Ibn Abdu Aziz (1923-) Saudi Arabia
Born in 1923 in Ryadh, Ibn Abdu Aziz Fahd is the eldest son of the founder of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ibn Sa'ud, and his sixth wife. The king com
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Gambini, Giovanni (1761-1842) Italy
A Sicilian Rousseauist who came to Geneva in search of freedom, as much religious as political. Gambini, together with Sismondi and Pellegrino Ro
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Gaon, NessimSudan
The brilliant jewish businessman manages an empire of commodities trading (grain with Russian, salt with Africa, etc …) from Geneva, where he owns one
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Hechter, Daniel (1938-) Lebanon
The inventor of ready-to-wear has lived in Geneva since 1997. Daniel Hechter was born into a modest family in 1938, in Paris. At the age of fo
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Lenin,  (1870-1924) Russie
Le révolutionnaire russe resta en Suisse entre 1900 et 1905. Vladimir Illitch Lénine est né en 1870 à Ulyanosk, en Russie. Il étudie aux université de
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Killy, Jean-Claude (1943-) France
The French ski champion and member of the International Olympics Committee has lived in Geneva since 1969. Jean-Claude Killy was born in Saint-Cloud i
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Latsis, John (1910-) Greece
The Latsis family runs its financial empire from Geneva. Born in 1910, John Spyridon Latsis started out in the dried fruit business. Business was boom
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Leconte, Henri (1964-) France
The famous French tennis player has lived on the shores of Lake Geneva since 1995. Born in 1963 in Liller, Henri Leconte took tennis lessons throughou
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Liotard, Jean-Etienne (1702-1789) France
This famous painter, engraver and pastelliste, was born of parents who found refuge in Geneva at the time of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes
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Mazaryk, Thomas (1850-1937) Slovakia
Of Slovakian origin, Thomas Masaryk studied in Vienna. Named professor of Prague University, he was then elected member of the Reichstat (parliamen
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Mouskouri, Nana (1936-) Greece
The Greek singer has lived in Geneva since 1974. Born in 1934, Nana Mouskouri was raised by a modest family on the Island of Crete. When she was three
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Moya, Carlos (1976-) Spain
Carlos Moya moved to Switzerland in 2000. Born in 1976 in Palma, Majorca, Carlos Moya began playing tennis with his father at a very young age. He sta
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Ono, Yoko (1933-) USA
John Lennon's widow has lived in Switzerland since 1988. Yoko Ono was born in Tokyo in 1933 to a family of well-to-do bankers. She was forced to flee
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Perez de Cuellar, Javier (1920-) Peru
The former Secretary General of UNO still lives in Geneva.
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Rossi, Pellegrino (1787-1848) Italy
Born in Carrarc, Italy in 1787, he became a supporter of liberal ideas in Italy until he fled the Austrian control in 1805. In Geneva he became pr
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Safra, Edmond (1932-1999) Lebanon
The banking tycoon lived in Geneva for over 40 years. Edmond J. Safra was born in Beirut in 1932 to a wealthy family of Syrian Jewish bankers who had
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Savoie, Victor-E. (1937-) Italy
The ruler of the House of Savoy lives in Vésenaz, in the greater Geneva area. Born in 1937, Victor Emmanuel of Savoy is the successor to Humbert II, K
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Scrima, Nicola (1947-) Italy
The Italian industrialist came in 1963 for tax reasons and for the quality of life.
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Toepffer, Rodolphe (1799-1846) Germany
Son of painter Wolfgang Adam Toepffer (1766-1847), of German origin, who had made of Geneva his second homeland, Rodolph Toepffer was unable to em
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Turrettini, Théodore (1845-1916) Italy
The Turrettini family originally came from the town of Lucca in Tuscany. They found refuge in Geneva at the time of the Reformation in 1575. Th
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Vogt, Carl (1817-1895) Germany
This German Naturalist, born in Griessen in 1817, was obliged to leave his country several times, and always for political reasons. Accordingly, he
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Zannier, Roger (1946-) France
The owner of the Zannier group, a manufacturer of children wear (like the Kickers shoes), with sales over Sfr 1 billion, Mr Zannier came in 1998 in Sw
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Daniel Hechter
(1938 - ) Lebanon
The inventor of ready-to-wear has lived in Geneva since 1997. Daniel Hechter was born into a modest family in 1938, in Paris. At the age of four, he was forced to flee the capital with his mother and did not see his father, a prisoner of war, until he was seven. After secondary education, he worked in a fashion house as a storekeeper in 1955. At the age of 18, the stylist was selling his own designs to couturiers like Louis Féraud and Jacques Esterel. True success began when Bri >>>
                                                                                                           


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