Bernard Sabrier

Bernard Sabrier[1], born on 12 February 1953, is a Swiss entrepreneur [2]and philanthropist[3]. He is currently the Chairman[4] of Unigestion, a Geneva-based independent, specialist asset manager with USD 23.2bn in AUM (as at 31.12.2018).  

Bernard Sabrier
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OccupationChairman of Unigestion


Early careerEdit

Sabrier started his career in finance working at Paribas in Geneva from 1972 to 1974. He then worked at Renault Finance from 1975 to 1976, where he focused on fixed income and foreign currency investments.


Sabrier took control of Unigestion in 1976 and, with a strategic vision for the company, he has successfully directed its growth into the respected institutional asset manager that it is today. He successfully engineered a number of acquisitions and divestitures that contributed to the company’s growth, most notably, majority holdings in Banca della Svizzera Italiana and Banque Unigestion, in Switzerland, as well as a significant minority position in Banque OBC, France.

Under Sabrier’s leadership, Unigestion was a pioneer in the area of Alternative Investments with activities in the Hedge Fund and Private Equity arenas for over 25 years. More recently, he has guided the company out of its private banking activities to focus more exclusively on asset management. He has also supported the firm’s expansion into the area of active risk-managed Equities and Multi Asset, as well as Private Equity, through the 2017 acquisition of Akina.

Other PositionsEdit

Sabrier has acted as a Director on the Boards of several large European companies and is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics.

Charity WorkEdit

Sabrier established the Famsa Foundation[5] in 2011, a non-profit organisation that contributes to a number of projects in the charitable, educational, cultural and medical fields. He is also the Founder and President of Children Action, a charitable foundation for disadvantaged children throughout the world[6].

Sabrier is a founding member of MAMCO, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Geneva.


  1. ^ "Déjeuner avec Bernard Sabrier. Le double destin d'un entrepreneur qui consacre son temps libre à une œuvre humanitaire" (in French). 2016-01-07. ISSN 1423-3967. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  2. ^ "Bernard Sabrier, l'éternel enthousiaste". Bilan (in French). Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  3. ^ Moreno, Kasia. "The Top Three Most Difficult Decisions for Philanthropists". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  4. ^ "A survivor in the dwindling hedge fund universe". Financial Times. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  5. ^ SA, Agefi. "Une plateforme réunit les experts romands de l'oncologie personnalisée". (in French). Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  6. ^ Benoit-Godet, Stéphane (2017-08-29). "A Genève, le suicide des jeunes n'est plus une fatalité" (in French). ISSN 1423-3967. Retrieved 2019-05-01.


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