Pierre Zimmermann (bridge)

Pierre Zimmermann (born May 26, 1955) is a Swiss-born real estate developer and champion bridge player formerly resident in Monaco.

Pierre Zimmermann
Pierre Zimmerman of Monaco (14556224043).jpg
Born (1955-05-26) May 26, 1955 (age 66)
Alma materHEC Lausanne, EPFL
Known forContract bridge, Real estate
ChildrenTiffany, Yann, Laureline, Justin, Maelle

As a developer, Zimmermann is founder and CEO of Zimmermann Immobilier,[1] a real estate company in Geneva. As a bridge player, he is a quadruple world champion[2] and playing captain formerly of the Monegasque team,[3] and now of the Swiss team. He is also a tournament organizer,[4] notably the biennial Monaco Cavendish since 2012[5] and the European championships by team from 2016 onwards on even years.


Pierre Zimmermann was born in Lausanne, Switzerland on 26 May 1955. He studied mathematics at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne from 1973 to 1978 and, at the same time, business administration at HEC Lausanne from 1975 to 1979.

He has five children, including blogger, Tiffany Lea and Yann he had with ex-wife, artist Christine Zimmermann.[6]

Professional careerEdit

In 1979, Pierre Zimmermann joined IBM in Zurich where he worked for five years. He then worked for Hill+Knowlton Strategies[6] as an assistant corporate controller for Europe until 1985. From 1986 to 1988, he worked for Finagrain as a financial analyst, and then joined BBHQ (a venture capital firm) in 1988 again as a financial analyst.

In 1990, Pierre Zimmermann left BBHQ to create the Régie Zimmermann[6] (today known as Zimmermann Immobilier), a real estate company in Geneva. In 2006, he opened a subsidiary in Lausanne. In 2013 Zimmermann Immobilier reached 100 million Swiss francs in gross rental income.

Bridge careerEdit

Pierre Zimmermann started playing bridge occasionally in 1975 during his studies, but only started to play seriously in 1998. He obtained his first World Champion's title in 2007 in Shanghai[7] his second in 2009 in São Paulo.[2] and his third one in Chennai.

For several years, Zimmermann partnered with the professional player Franck Multon. Together they formed teams with top professional pairs, most recently Geir HelgemoTor Helness of Norway and Fulvio FantoniClaudio Nunes of Italy.[8] In 2010 these six players all moved to Monaco in order to establish residency and thus obtain eligibility to compete as a national team in international teams-of-four.[9] They have represented Monaco in European Bridge League (EBL) and world championship tournaments and finished second in the Bermuda Bowl in Bali in 2013. Following controversies over cheating, the Zimmermann team withdrew just prior to competing in the 2015 Bermuda Bowl and after hearings by the EBL, and the CAS judgment Fantoni and Nunes were acquitted because the proofs were inconsistent.[10]

Bridge accomplishmentsEdit

Gold medalsEdit

Other medalsEdit


  1. ^ "Official Zimmermann Immobilier website". Archived from the original on 2018-02-18. Retrieved 2015-06-21.
  2. ^ a b c World Transnational Open Teams Winners Archived 2015-07-09 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Une-pointure-pour-la-federation-Monegasque
  4. ^ Pierre Zimmermann elected the bridge personality of the year 2011
  5. ^ Zimmermann from Z to A
  6. ^ a b c http://www.clairebridge.com/textes/zimmerman_joiedevivre.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  7. ^ http://www.lebridgeur.com/media/figaro/pdf/bc7400b128fece0a4585351eef7d3357.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  8. ^ "Team Monaco win the Spingold". TheGuardian.com. 3 August 2011.
  9. ^ "NewinBridge.com interview". Archived from the original on 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2014-10-19.
  10. ^ "ARBITRAL AWARD delivered by the COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT" (PDF). neapolitanclub.altervista.org. 10 January 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Vanderbilt Previous Winners" (PDF). American Contract Bridge League. 2014-03-24. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2014-10-19.
  12. ^ a b "Reisinger Winners" (PDF). American Contract Bridge League. 2013-12-06. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2014-10-19.
  13. ^ a b "Spingold Previous Winners" (PDF). American Contract Bridge League. 2014-07-21. p. 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2014-10-19.
  14. ^ "5th European Open Bridge Championships".
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-07-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-08-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "The Bermuda Bowl | World Bridge Federation".
  18. ^ World Team Championship Winners
  19. ^ "52nd European Team Championships".

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