ERNESTO BERTARELLI • Net Worth $9 Billion • House • Yacht • Private Jet • Serono

Name:Ernesto Bertarelli
Net Worth:$9 billion
Source of Wealth:Serono
Born:September 22, 1965
Wife:Kirsty Bertarelli (divorced)
Children:Alceo Bertarelli, Falco Bertarelli, Chiara Bertarelli
Residence:Lake Geneva, Switzerland
Private Jet:(HB-JIT) Bombardier Global 7500; (HB-JII) Bombardier Global Express XRS
Yacht:Vava II
Yacht (2):Vava

Who is Ernesto Bertarelli?

Ernesto Bertarelli is a Swiss-Italian entrepreneur with an estimated net worth of $8.5 billion. This net worth makes him the richest billionaire in Switzerland. He was born in November 1965 in Rome. He was married to Kirsty Bertarelli, they have 3 children (Alceo Bertarelli, Falco Bertarelli, and Chiara Bertarelli).

He graduated from Babson College. Babson is a private business school in the US.


His father founded Serono, a Swiss pharmaceutical companyBertarelli became CEO and Deputy Chairman in 1996. When his father died, he and his sister Dona inherited Serono in 1998.

Changing the company’s focus from pharmaceuticals to biotechnology, revenues increased rapidly.

The company is famous for a natural hormone used in the treatment of female infertility. And for the multiple sclerosis therapy Rebif.

Kedge Capital

He is currently the owner of the Kedge Capital Group. Kedge is an investment management firm.  And he owns Ares Life Sciences, a private equity company. Bertarelli is an active sailor. His team Alinghi won the America’s Cup twice.

Since 2017 he is a director of UBS Ag.


He founded the yachting team Alinghi. Which defeated Team New Zealand in Auckland to win the America’s Cup in 2013.

It was the first time a team had ever won the coveted sailing trophy on its first attempt. And the first team from Europe to win.

How Much is Ernesto Bertarelli Net Worth?

In 2007 Serono was sold to Merck KGAA for $13 billion. The merged company is now named Merck-Serono. He and his sister both received $4.5 billion. His net worth is now $8.5 billion.


Bertarelli is active in philanthropy through his Bertarelli Foundation. The foundation focuses on healthcare projects and marine conservation. The Foundation sponsors the world’s largest marine reserve in the Chagos Islands. The Islands are in the Indian Ocean.

Covering a protected area of some 210,000 sq. miles, the no-take reserve that bans commercial fishing is helping to protect. It has been described as the most pristine tropical marine environment on the planet.

The foundation also supports the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. To push discoveries in biological mechanisms in neuroscience. He sits on the strategic advisory board of the Swiss school.

Bertarelli was awarded the Légion d’Honneur by President Jacques Chirac of France.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How did Ernesto Bertarelli make his money?

He and his sister Dona inherited the Swiss pharmaceutical company Serono. They sold the company for $13 billion.

How much is Ernesto Bertarelli worth?

His net worth is now $8.5 billion. He manages his assets through the Kedge Capital Group.

Where does Bertareli live?

He owns a large villa on Lake Geneva in Switzerland, and in 2022 he bought a $113 million residence in London.

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Kirsty Bertarelli

Kirsty Bertarelli

His ex-wife Kirsty Bertarelli is a former Miss UK (1988). She is also a successful pop singer. With hits in cooperation with DJ Armin van Buuren.

Black Coffee

She was a co-writer of the hit ‘Black Coffee’. Which was recorded by All Saints in 2000. Kirsty is one of Britain’s richest women. Her family owns  Churchill 1795, a leading china and pottery producer.


In October 2021 it was announced that Ernesto and Kirsty would separate. According to rumors, she would receive $500 million as a divorce settlement.

Ernesto Bertarelli House

Yacht Vava II

He is the owner of the yacht Vava II.

Motor Yacht Vava II is a is 96 meters (315ft) motor yacht built by Devonport Yachts. Her exterior is designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon. While Rémi Tessier is responsible for her interior. The yacht Vava II can accommodate 22 guests and 34 crew.

Her value is $180 million

He also still owns his previous yacht, the Feadship Vava.