Who makes the news today or who will be making it tomorrow? Whoever it is, we want them in our Newsmaker show! In a long format interview we give our guest time to talk about their work but also their personality. We want to know what drives them, what the secret of their success is or how they became what they are.
Multi-billionaire Bernie Ecclestone who lives in Switzerland sits down with Hannah Wise for a candid interview about the future of motorsport, Brexit, doing business in Switzerland and why at 87 years old, he is a man of few words.
The world is warming up at an alarming rate. We know this. Yet we don't know how to stop it. "Even politicians feel helpless," says Graeme Maxton, Secretary General at Club of Rome - the organisation fighting for the future of humanity. In dialogue with CNNMoney Switzerland's Amanda Kayne, Mr Maxton explains why one effective way to save our planet is to ban the production of the waste we discard.
After the slump of recent years, Switzerland’s 400 year-old watchmaking industry is making something of a comeback. Whilst last year’s export numbers are still a far cry from the double digits of just a decade ago, optimism prevails. One of those optimists is François-Henry Bennahmias, CEO of the famous Swiss watch brand Audemars Piguet. In the first part of this Newsmaker interview he tells CNNMoney Switzerland’s Ana Maria Montero that the company’s success is down to staying true to their brand.
His watches adorn the wrists of some of the world’s wealthiest people, but the man overseeing the making of the famous Audemars Piguet brand confesses his heart is really on Broadway. Francois-Henry Bennahmias has been speaking to CNNMoney Switzerland about his unlikely entry into the watch-making industry, and on a more personal level, how musicals he enjoyed as a child continue to inspire him. In the second part of his Newsmaker interview, he gives his thoughts on the long-term future of the watch industry.
Beatrice Fihn, executive director of ICAN, the International Committee for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, speaks to Martina Fuchs about the thrill of learning that the three-person organization had won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. She compares the signing of the United Nations treaty to ban nuclear weapons as a first step towards politically ostracizing nuclear powers.
In part two of our interview with Beatrice Fihn, executive director of ICAN, the International Committee for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, we discuss the tensions and war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un, the threat of an escalation and nuclear war, and ask: will a nuclear weapons-free world ever be possible?
The 2018 Montreux Jazz Festival will have a solid rock mood according to its organizers. They’re promising something for everyone whether you’re looking for Jazz, Blues or Soul music, but have stopped short of saying who will actually be included in the line-up. The man behind the famous Swiss festival, Mathieu Jaton has been speaking to CNNMoney Switzerland’s Hannah Wise about what the event really means to him.
The man behind the Montreux Jazz Festival has been speaking about what the famous event means to the town which hosts it. Despite a budget of CHF 30 million, Mathieu Jaton says it has to be innovative in finding ways to attract more money without putting ticket prices up. In an interview with CNNMoney Switzerland’s Hannah Wise, he goes on to say they have a social responsibility when it comes to running the festival.
The price of digital currency Bitcoin plummeted in recent weeks. It now trades below USD 7000, compared to close to USD 20,000 at the end of last year. One of the pioneers in the cryptocurrency business, Joseph Lubin, Founder of ConsenSys and Co-founder of Ethereum, explains why a bubble can "drive innovation". CNNMoney Switzerland's Martina Fuchs met him during the WEF in Davos.
In part two of The Newsmaker, former German Foreign Minister and Vice-Chancellor, Joschka Fischer, gives his view to CNNMoney Switzerland's Editor-in-Chief, Urs Gredig, on the U.S. President. He also explains why Switzerland would make a huge mistake if it decides to cut its links to the European Union.
In Davos, Urs Gredig, CNNMoney Switzerland’s Editor-in-Chief, spent a week with the « Crème de la crème » of the CEOs. Heads of state gave many speeches, mostly addressing their own audience. Macron, Trump or Merkel were no exception. And U.K.’s Theresa May was quite “disappointing”. Blockchain and cryptocurrencies were also all over. One last thing to point: The Davosman visiting Davos is a bit older, and still a man.
For decades, Joschka Fischer has been one of Germany's most influential and controversial politicians. He served as Foreign Minister and Vice-Chancellor for seven years. Throughout his career he has fought against right-wing populists and nationalists. In the first part of our newsmaker interview, Joschka Fischer warns of the dangers to come from new nationalist governments and tells CNNMoney Switzerland why the relationship between Germany and France will be a critical one for the future of the European Union.
In part two of our newsmaker interview with Frank Rinderknecht, the founder of Rinspeed concept cars explains why Formula E has more potential than Formula One. He also tells us just who could be driving the car industry of the future.
The Swiss founder of dream car manufacturer, Frank Rinderknecht takes us behind the scenes at his concept car showroom. He tells us what drives him towards the boundaries of the auto industry and why its future could be facing a few bumps along the road.
In the second part of his interview with Amanda Kayne, the ETH Zurich Professor Didier Sornette argues for a tightening in monetary policy. The ultra-low interest rate environment is creating a bubble he says, and points to the U.S. Federal Reserve as being too keen to boost financial markets. Didier Sornette also calls for a drastic change in our model of society for survival on earth.
Stock markets around the world are falling but Didier Sornette is holding his nerve. The ETH Zurich Professor and Director of the Financial Crisis Observatory tells Amanda Kayne that he is happy to see asset prices coming down to a more normal level. He began receiving strong warnings as early as last summer that market acceleration was becoming exuberant. Didier Sornette says he expects further falls and goes on to describe Bitcoin as a “massive bubble”.
The executive director of Human Rights Watch talks to CNNMoney Switzerland's anchor Martina Fuchs, and says China's diplomacy is to avoid any dialogue on human rights. Ken Roth also affirms that commodities companies such as those based in Switzerland need to be more transparent and "avoid putting money into the piggy banks of warlords".
Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch tells CNNMoney Switzerland's Martina Fuchs that Switzerland could do more to relieve the refugee crisis in Europe. He also talks about the important role Swiss private contributors play for the NGO.
Economist and Nobel Prize laureate, Joseph Stiglitz, tells CNNMoney Switzerland's Amanda Kayne, why global rules aren't unfair to the US economy. However, globalisation and technology, he says, have not been fair to workers and elections in both the US and UK reflected the social discontent. Stiglitz explains that greed has led to stagnation and that the median income of a full-time working male in the US - the so-called lucky ones - is at the same level as 42 years ago.
Economist and Nobel Prize laureate, Joseph Stiglitz, tells CNNMoney Switzerland's Amanda Kayne, why U.S. tax reforms are an example of not addressing the country's real problem of growing inequality. Stiglitz says that life expectancy in the U.S. has declined for a second year in a row which, in his view, is a direct result of social disorder. Cutting tax for billionaires and corporations is not the answer to the growing divide in the U.S. population, comments Stiglitz.
Prince Alois of Liechtenstein says that the world overreacted in the after math of the 2008 financial crisis by imposing new regulations.
Liechtenstein, having since abandoned banking secrecy, is now re-inventing itself as a private banking and innovation hub.
Relations between Bern and Vaduz were strained at the end of last year after the EU put Switzerland on a grey list. Alois of Liechtenstein denies reports suggesting that Liechtenstein was behind Brussels' decision and confirms to CNNMoney Switzerland that the relationship between the two countries is “excellent”.
Over the past decades, Uli Sigg has become the world's largest private collector of contemporary Chinese art. He talks about his donation of 1,463 art pieces to the M+ Museum in Hong Kong, which is scheduled to open in 2019.
In the Newsmaker interview, Uli Sigg tells CNNMoney Switzerland how the art scene in China is suffering from President Xi Jingping's tightening grip on power.