Charles Pictet had a long career in private banking, which began in 1969 at the eponymous Pictet & Cie, where he was Senior Partner for almost 10 years until 2005. He then went on to join the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA). Throughout this time he held positions on various professional bodies and committees. Alongside his professional responsibilities, Charles was heavily involved in the field of culture – his second area of expertise.
He invested considerable energy in the efforts to restore the windmills of Patmos. This project, which won a European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award in 2012, is one that he is especially proud of. One of these restored mills now regularly produces flour, and a film retracing their history has been made to show in schools around Greece.
He has also served as Vice-Chairman of the Foundation Board of the International Red Cross Museum, and contributed to its reconstruction. The new International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, which opened in 2013, houses the permanent exhibition on the organisation’s humanitarian work.
In 2014 Charles also gave a new lease of life to the Walkyrie, Switzerland’s and possibly even Europe’s oldest operating motor boat, which is part of Lake Geneva’s heritage. Built in 1882 in Liverpool, the Walkyrie belonged to Gustave Eiffel, who had it moored in Vevey in front of his property for more than 30 years. Now completely restored, the Walkyrie once again glides gracefully across the waters of Lake Geneva.
From 2002 to 2010 Charles was Chairman of the Cercle du Grand Théâtre de Genève (the body that brings together patrons and institutional bodies wishing to support the Grand Théâtre’s activities in the fields of opera, dance and drama).
Charles Pictet has always seen culture as heritage that should be protected as a whole, and he has therefore developed particular interests in the fields of music, philanthropy and architecture.
He is also member of the 7ME advisory panel since 2013.