Stäubli was awarded a CFC Diploma in Business and Administration
in Bienne and, after three years of studying in Berne, graduated with a Diplôme
Supérieur (undergraduate degree) in Economics.
He also holds a marketing degree (Zurich) and "diplôme d'expert"
degree in Real Estate from the canton of Berne ("diplôme d'expert",
an estate agent licence issued by the Council of States). In 1979, he wrote a
thesis on "Politics in staff management" as part of his Bachelor's
degree in Economics. He has also given many talks abroad.
On 5 October 2004, Jürg Stäubli was awarded a PhD in Economics from the
Cosmopolitan University of Missouri, USA.
1980 – 1983 :
When taking the exams for his degree in Real Estate in Berne in
1980, Stäubli was recruited by one of the examiners, Dr T Stiffler, as a sales
manager for Stifag, a leading property management and promotion company in
Berne. As part of his duties, Jürg Stäubli was asked to manage Stifag's sales
in Spain and, in 1981, to open a new branch in Geneva, where he became the
director. In 1983, Jürg Stäubli was appointed to the parent company's board of
directors in Berne.
JS Holding 1984 - 1997
Stäubli founded his own
company, JS Holding SA, with a head office in Geneva and registered capital of
CHF 100,000 to start the business. While developing his group, Jürg Stäubli
continued to work privately in order to regularly increase JS Holding SA's
the share capital—which was fully paid up—stood at CHF
50,000,000. The group was ranked 262nd in the Top 500 Swiss Companies in 1991.
From the start, JS Holding SA frequently handled real estate, promotion and construction operations, as well as the purchase and sale of property.
In 1986 ,
Jürg Stäubli had already diversified his activities at JS
Holding SA, not only creating businesses in a range of sectors but also buying
businesses with handover or management issues. JS Holding SA's main industries
Food product packaging
Leisure and sports equipment
Jürg Stäubli created four subholding companies for each business
sector, one of which was in North America. During this period, Jürg Stäubli
created and saved over 1,000 jobs..
Jürg Stäubli sold a minority share in JS Holding SA to Banque
Cantonale de Genève. The majority of the bank's share capital is held by public
Stäubli listed Let Holding SA—a subholding in the leisure
sector—on the Lausanne Stock Exchange and then the Geneva Stock Exchange, with
Banque Cantonale Vaudoise as the lead manager in the banking syndicate. Banks
with shares in Let Holding SA included Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Banque
Cantonale de Genève, Crédit Commercial de France, Banque Landolt Lonfat &
Cie in Lausanne and Banque Darier Hentsch & Cie in Geneva. In the same
year, he increased the registered capital of Peralco Construction SA, a
subholding in the construction sector, enabling new minority shareholders to
join, such as Banque Cantonale Vaudois, Banque Cantonale de Genève and Banque
Landolt Lonfat & Cie.
In August 1991,
just two years after it was created, JS Finance Canada Inc. was
listed on the Montreal Stock Exchange as part of a drive to increase equity
capital, led by the real estate broker Lévesque Beaubien & Geoffrian Inc.,
a subsidiary of the National Bank of Canada. This saw oversubscription of
approximately 50% and the arrival of some 400 new shareholders. JS Holding SA
nonetheless maintained its majority interest. Investments in Canada began in
1989, followed various meetings with the Premier of Quebec Robert Bourassa, who
encouraged Jürg Stäubli to take steps in this direction.
The Canadian division covered four sectors:
Sale of sports equipment through
André Lalonde Sport Inc. (approx. 25 stores)
Industries Fil Metallique Major
Ltd, a company specializing in the manufacture of industrial meshes
- Hector Jolicoeur Inc., a uniform
- The World Trade Center Quebec
project, in partnership with the Quebec authorities. The Canadian side of the
business created some 600 jobs. As the main shareholder with a large majority,
Jürg Stäubli directed the group.
CF&C Finance Suisse SA
- 1997 to present
In early 1997,
Jürg Stäubli stepped down from managing JS Holding SA. In summer
1997, JS Holding SA sold the majority of its companies. In September 1997,
Stäubli was appointed to the Board of Directors of CF&C Finance Suisse SA
as Chief Executive Officer and then Chairman. While pursuing this new line of
business, he sold the remaining shares in JS Holding SA and the business was
subsequently dissolved. He remains President of CF&C Finance Suisse SA,
which is focused on:
- Financial restructuring
- Company acquisitions, mergers and
- Management buyouts
- Acquisitions and sales of
- Financial engineering and private
- Sales and representation networks
- Special mandates for governments,
such as the renegotiation of external debts
Jürg Stäubli is the only child of a family of shopkeepers. He is
married and has five daughters, Nathalie, Simone, Alessia, Céline and Sarah.
In addition to his native language of German, Stäubli also
speaks and writes in French, English and—with a little less fluency—Spanish.
Until 1981, he lived in the Berne region of Switzerland, and
then in the region of Geneva from 1981 until 1986. From 1986 to the summer of
1992, he lived in Monaco. In the summer of 1992, he returned to Switzerland,
living in Granges-Paccot in the canton of Fribourg, then in Prangins from 1994.
Like all male Swiss citizens, Jürg Stäubli completed mandatory
military training and service. He was given military leave when he moved
abroad, but on his return to Switzerland rejoined the Swiss army and, by 1996,
had fulfilled his military obligations.
As a boy, Jürg Stäubli earned his spurs playing football in
Zollikofen. In Berne, he was a member of the Young Boys, the top team in the
Ligue Nationale A (today the Swiss Super League and the equivalent of the
Premier League in England). He was also awarded a junior coach qualification
and trained a junior team of Berne Young Boys. He ended his football career
playing for FC Gland for three seasons (2nd league). Jürg Stäubli then became
president of Palace-Club de Berne (Young Boys sponsors association). For three
seasons from 1987, he was president of the Genève Servette Hockey Club. Between
1989 and 1996, he owned the Canadian hockey club Les Harfangs. He was also vice
president of two Swiss premier league clubs, FC Granges and UGS Genève. Today,
he regularly plays tennis and competes in golf tournaments.
Alongside his professional activities, although not a member of
any political party or movement, Stäubli exercises several roles.
in cultural associations and foundations including:
Member of the Committee for the
European Centre for Culture
- Treasurer for the Geneva-based
Swiss organ donor foundation Les As de Coeur
- Member of the Board of Governors
for the Quebec section of the Red Cross
- Governor of the Metropolitan
Quebec Chamber of Commerce
- Foundation Les Muses
- Fondation Harfang-Etudes
Reverdir le Sahara www.reverdirlesahara.org
Stäubli has chaired numerous honorary committees and a Juniors C
international football tournament is named after him.
He has been a speaker at many events and debates, notably in the
field of economics, including for example, at the University of Geneva at the
graduation ceremony for undergraduate degrees in economics; at Institut Suisse
des Placements de Capitaux; at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Genève for a
debate on "Ethics and Wealth Accumulation"; and at the University of
Lausanne on the subject: "Slovenia, conditions for economic success".
In june 1997,
Jürg Stäubli was awarded the title Lord of Scalthwaiterigg in
On 27 decembre 1999,
he was named Special Commissioner for the World Development
Organization, for specific, limited diplomatic missions.
On 12 february 2000,
he was made a professor and
visiting lecturer at Moscow University. He taught there for three years.
In april 2000,
Stäubli was awarded the Grand National Order of Merit for Sport
by the Togolese Republic and named an Officer of the Order of Mono (Togo's
highest order of chivalry).
In octobre 2004,
he was named a Knight of Malta and in January 2005 received a
silver medal for his charitable work with the order.
On 14 January 2010, Stäubli was awarded an honorary degree from
the University of Human Sciences in Bishkek. On 1 April 2011, he was also named
Personal Adviser to the Kyrgyzstan Minister of Justice and on 10 May 2011
Personal Adviser to the Dean of the Arabaev State University in Bishkek, in a
mandate that expired in 2019.
On 18 january 2012
the government of the Republic of Liberia named Stäubli an
Ambassador Plenipotentiary (Ambassador-at-large). The Minister for Foreign
Affairs sent the letter of accreditation to the EU (Ms Catherine Asthon) on 27
On 27 june 2012
for three years, Jürg Stäubli was appointed a member of the
Supervisory Board for the Academy of Finance and Banking of the Arabaev Kyrgyz
State University in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. On 29 June 2012, he received the first-degree
medal for the Academic Order of the Falcon.
he was elected Vice President of the Diplomatic Circle of Geneva
and on 18 April 2013 named Knight of the Order of Saint Gabriel, before then
rising to the level of Commander.
Stäubli was named Constable of the Order of Saint Gabriel.
He is also a member of the Fédération Européenne Diplomatique et Consulaire (FEDC). In December 2013, he was awarded an honorary degree from the Academy of Public Administration by the President of the Kyrgyz Republic.
On april 2015
by decree, Jürg Stäubli was appointed Special Adviser to the
President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Madagascar.
On 29 August 2015
he was awarded the gold medal from the State University of
Arabaev in Bishkek in recognition of his academic achievements and his capacity
as Advisor to the Chancellor of the University. Before him, only two former
prime ministers and the former president of the Kyrgyzstan Republic, Mrs Roza
Otounbaieva, had received this medal.
In september 2020,
Jürg Stäubli was received by President of Burkina Faso Roch
March Christian Kaboré,
who named him an Officer of the National Order. His Royal Majesty named him
Honorary Traditional Chief of the Kingdom of Comin-Yanga.
Alongside two Swiss partners, Jürg Stäubli provided funding for
the construction and running of the Ampere school in Lomé, Togo. The school
offers some 300 of the most deprived children in the country access to
For several years, Stäubli has also provided financial support to an orphanage
in Bishkek, as well as many foundations whose work involves helping children
and medical research. The Action Innocence foundation is particularly dear to
By the end of 2014, the Petram Foundation—where Stäubli plays a
pivotal role—had accumulated over CHF40 million.
It is a recognized public-interest charity ("reconnue
d’utilité publique") subject to oversight by Switzerland's Federal
Department of Home Affairs and supports numerous projects in several fields
throughout the world.
Prangins, November 2020