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# 509 Dona Bertarelli 


Real Time Net Worth
as of 5/29/2024
$6.8k (0.00%)

# 509 Dona Bertarelli 


Real Time Net Worth
as of 5/29/2024
$6.8k (0.00%)
OccupationCo-president, Bertarelli Foundation
Source of WealthBiotech And Investments
ResidenceGstaad, Switzerland
Age-Adjusted Net Worth$8.15B
Dona Bertarelli
Dona Bertarelli
Net worth: $6.22B

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Wealth History

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Dona Bertarelli was born on March 3, 1968, in Rome, Italy, to Maria Iris Bertarelli and Fabio Bertarelli.
She inherited Serono, a biotechnology company, along with her brother Ernesto, which was founded in 1906 in Rome and was the primary source of the family's wealth.
Bertarelli holds a BSc from Boston University's College of Communication.
Bertarelli is of Italian origin and is the co-president of the Bertarelli Foundation.
She is the sister of Ernesto Bertarelli, who is the richest man in Switzerland, with whom she shares ownership of most family assets.

Business Ventures

From 1992 to 1997, Dona Bertarelli served as the Executive Director of Public and Professional Affairs at Serono, where she established the Serono Symposi and the Serono Foundation.
She was actively involved in the family business, which was eventually sold to Merck KGaA in 2007 for over $13 billion.
In 2003, Bertarelli took over the five-star Grand Hôtel Park in Gstaad.
She appointed Grace Leo as CEO of Ledunfly Hospitality in March 2017.
Bertarelli became a special adviser to UNCTAD in June 2020.

Philanthropy and Advocacy

In 1999, following her father's death, Bertarelli and her brother founded the Bertarelli Foundation, focusing on scientific, social, and economic knowledge development in infertility.
She co-authored an article advocating for blue recovery sustainability, encouraging countries to explore and expand the blue economy.
Bertarelli praised the decision to protect the waters of Tristan da Cunha archipelago.
The Bertarelli Rare Cancers Fund supported USD 15 million in research projects and community building in 2021.
She launched the Sports for Nature partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature in October 2022.
Bertarelli is an ambassador for the Swiss transfusion charity Ma Vie Ton Sang and a supporter of the World Health Organization's ‘Go Red for Women' campaign, as well as a godmother to the Womanity charity.

Sailing Achievements

An avid sailor, Bertarelli races with her team, Spindrift Racing, in monotype multihull regattas.
She won the Bol d'Or Mirabaud in 2010, becoming the first female helmswoman to win since the race's inception in 1939.
In 2013, she co-skippered her team to victory in the Rolex Fastnet and set a new record for the America Discovery Route.
Bertarelli became the fastest woman to sail around the world, though not breaking the Jules Verne Trophy record, in 2015.
In 2021, she promoted the 30 by 30 campaign for the protection of 30% of the planet by 2030, but had to abandon her Jules Verne Trophy attempt due to unfavorable weather conditions.
In 2022, she continued record-breaking attempts and addressed delegates at the One Ocean Summit, advocating again for the protection of at least 30% of the planet by 2030.

How long would it take you to become as rich as Dona Bertarelli?

If you started with $10,000 and invested an additional $500 each month at a 44.02% CAGR, it would take you 5 years to reach Dona Bertarelli's net worth of $6.22B.

Is this realistic? It depends how closely the VIX-TA-Macro Advanced model performs to its history in the future. Since Grizzly Bulls launched on January 1, 2022, it's returned 42.57% compared to 11.75% for the S&P 500 benchmark.

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Dona Bertarelli is very wealthy, but what's stopping you from reaching that same level of success? As summarized in our five fundamental rules to wealth building, becoming wealthy in a modern capitalist economy is not complicated. There's actually only three variables:

  1. Your starting capital
  2. Your earnings after expenses
  3. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of your savings

Most people start with zero or very little, so if you weren't born into wealth, don't fret! The majority of the fortunate folks listed in our Grizzly Bulls’ Billionaires Index came from middle class or lower backgrounds. The most distinguishing characteristic of the group is their ability to consistently earn a high CAGR on their savings.

Every billionaire has a unique strategy to achieve high CAGR. For Dona Bertarelli, Biotech And Investments is the primary source. Whether you choose to invest your savings in your own businesses or the businesses of others is not as important. The salient piece of the puzzle is ensuring that your hard-earned savings are generating sufficient CAGR to reach your long term goals.

Most people simply invest their money in index funds and call it a day. There's nothing wrong with this approach, but it guarantees relative mediocrity. To achieve greatness, you need to invest your money to earn higher than average returns. In the long run, better investors will always finish ahead of better earners.

Source: Grizzly Bulls reporting

Methodology: Grizzly Bulls' Billionaires Index is a daily ranking of the world's billionaires and richest people. Grizzly Bulls strives to provide the most accurate net worth calculations available. We pull data from public equity markets, SEC filings, public real estate records, and other reputable sources.

The index is dynamic and updates daily at the close of U.S. stock market trading based on changes in the markets, economy, and updates to Grizzly Bulls' proprietary algorithm of personal wealth calculation. Stakes in public companies are tracked daily based on the relevant closing prices of the underlying securities. Additionally, stakes in private companies, cash, real estate, and other less easily valued assets are updated periodically through careful analysis of insider transactions, comparable public company sales / EBITDA multiples, etc.

Edited by: Lee Bailey