Monaco’s corporate world falls short in gender equality

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On International Women’s Rights Day, Monaco’s statistical agency IMSEE published an information sheet on women and corporate governance in the Principality. It revealed that barely a quarter of top positions are held by women.

Globally, nearly 50% of women have gainful employment in the workforce, and just shy of four in 10 workers are female.  Despite this, a significant gender gap still exists at corporate level.  

On 8th March, recognised as International Women’s Day, IMSEE decided to take a fresh look at the Principality’s track record of women in leadership roles.  

Across the more than 13,500 people listed on Monaco’s Trade and Industry Register as having a governance role, 3,781 of these positions were filled by women in 2022. 

According to IMSEE, 28% of Monaco’s corporate governors are female, 29% of limited liability companies (SARL) have women in charge, 33% of the nation’s sole traders are women, and 22% are in power positions at public limited companies (SAM).  

The average age of women on the Trade and Industry Register is 50.9 years, and 69% of them live in Monaco. They represent 76 different nationalities, with 19% of these enterprising women being Monegasque. French women had the highest proportion outside locals with 31%, and 19% were Italian women.  

Of the 1,053 new businesses created in 2022, over a quarter – 296 – were started by women.  

Regarding the 531 governance roles filled in 2022, 158 went to women and 373 to men. 

Men still hold the dominate number of positions in the higher echelons of the corporate world and, in fact, women are in the minority in all activity sectors, though some sectors see more parity than others.  

The three most “feminised” spheres are: public administration, education, and health and social work activities with 38%. Retail trade comes in at a close 37%, and other service activities at 36%. At the other end of the spectrum, women represent just 19% of those employed in the financial and insurance industries, and 21% in construction, information and communication jobs.  


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Football: AS Monaco mark International Women’s Day with €1 tickets

To celebrate International Women’s Day, tickets for AS Monaco’s Ligue 1 tie against Stade de Reims on Sunday will cost just €1 for women.

International Women’s Day takes place on 8th March and to celebrate, the Principality’s football club are offering all women tickets for just €1 to watch Sunday afternoon’s game at the Stade Louis II.

The tie will take place at 17:05, with gates to the stadium open from midday. Up to six tickets can be purchased, and will allow fans to access the Premières, Honneurs and Pesages stands within the stadium.

Monaco looking to break Reims’ invincibility streak

Meanwhile, U16s go free to the match, making it an ideal, and extremely cheap day out for families. A difficult fixture awaits Philippe Clement’s men. Reims are on the longest unbeaten run of any side in Europe’s top five divisions, and since the arrival of English-Belgian manager Will Still in September, the side are yet to lose a game.

Monaco, meanwhile, are winless in their last three, and conceded a last minute equaliser against ESTAC Troyes last weekend. Les Monégasques will be counting on their home support to earn them a crucial victory in their push for European football, and will be able to lean on a strong female following on Sunday.


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Monaco has highest density of UHNWI in the world

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More ultra-high-net-worth individuals have chosen to make Monaco their home, by population density, than anywhere else on Earth, with one in 39 homeowners being classed as a UHNWI, according to a new report by Altrata.

The term ultra-high-net-worth individual – or UHNWI for short – describes people with investible liquid assets of at least US$30 million (around €28.5 million), excluding personal assets, property, collectables and consumer durables. This rather strict definition excludes most of the world, but there are a few enclaves where people in this category are highly prevalent. Monaco is one.  

According to a new report released by human data gathering specialists Altrata, one in every 39 homeowning residents in the Principality is a UHNWI.  

The study, entitled ‘Residential Real Estate 2023: Spotlight on the World’s Leading Markets for the Wealthy’, took a “holistic view” of properties owned by these individuals, noting that many in this category own multiple homes, and that the report is not focused solely on primary residences.  

Other interesting findings showed that London, New York and Miami were the top choices for UHNWIs to buy second homes. The top three main residence cities for this group are Hong Kong, New York and London. 

In the US, the uber-posh Colorado ski resort Aspen has the largest number of UNHWI per density, with one in 69 falling in that classification.  

“As we emerge from years riddled with uncertainty around a historic pandemic, social unrest, political discourse, and natural disasters, regardless of your age or demographic, luxury has made a monumental shift in the minds of the global population,” said Julie Faupel, Founder and CEO of REALM, which sponsored the report. “We are excited to partner with Altrata for a second time to examine how this shift is influencing how and where the world’s wealthiest individuals choose to reside.” 

Analysis used in creating this report was done with Altrata’s Wealth-X Database, the biggest collection of focused research and intelligence on the world’s wealthy, as well as with their recently updated Wealth and Investible Assets Model, which launched in December.  


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Photos: Throne Room at the Prince’s Palace restored ahead of public reopening in April

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Almost a decade of restoration and conservation works at the Palais Princier de Monaco will come to fruition next month with the grand reopening to the public set for 2nd April. Amongst the treasures that await visitors are a series of spectacular 16th century frescoes in the Throne Room, which have been painstakingly restored to their former glory.  

Since last October, the Prince’s Palace of Monaco has been closed to the public. That is all about to change as the Palace has announced it will be reopening its doors on 2nd April to reveal some of the results of almost ten years’ worth of work, including the incredible restoration of 16th century frescoes, which had lain hidden beneath paint and plaster or had been clumsily repainted over time.  

A team of 17 expert restorers have been hard at work, cleaning back the frescoes a square centimetre at a time. They do not expect to be completely finished by the April reopening, but there is a goal in mind.  

“We have to deliver La Salle at the end of July for an event scheduled for September,” restoration team member Marion Jaulin told Monaco Matin. “No doubt it won’t be completely finished, but we have to move forward as much as possible, the whole team is mobilised, and we will probably recruit two additional people to honour this deadline.”  

The job is painstaking; all done by hand and using only small tools for the delicate work. The centrepiece of the room, which was exposed between 2020 and 2022, is of Ulysses as he watches over his troops. A zodiac motif has also been found in the vaults; an exciting addition to the room’s overall charm. 

A meticulous method that paves the way for future generations and techniques

The current team is fixing damage in plaster and glass, removing inelegant prior attempts at fresco and frieze repairs, and making hanging decorations look like new.  

“Our work has been de-restoring in order to re-restore and today we can attack the pictorial reintegration,” Jaulin explained.  

Yannick Bouillon, another of the restorers, added, “In some places, we found holes up to three centimetres deep, which we filled in with traditional masonry… Fine and smooth plaster like the original and without sanding. Sanding does not work very well with old-fashioned coatings; you have to have the perfect level right away that you adjust in the cool with water and with a sponge to smooth and do the entire finish.” 

To give harmony to the overall piece, a method of filling in the cuts and holes is used by painting these areas in a shade just a hair off the original, giving the illusion from below that it is untouched. Interestingly, it is all being done in watercolour, which means it can be “erased” quite easily.  

“With a wipe of the sponge, our work can be removed to leave the field free to other generations [and] for new restorations with new techniques in the future,” said Jaulin. 

Sadly, some of the frescoes are too damaged to be saved, but in these cases, the team is considering using mobile panels that depict the ruined scenes as closely as possible. 

The throne itself is also getting a makeover, with a canopy and other elements being cleaned and made perfect. This will be put back in place on 20th March in good time for the April reopening.  

The team has also been on the lookout for clues as to who exactly the artist of such magnificent creations was. A 1547 receipt addressed to a Raphael acolyte, Nicolosio Granello, has solved at least part of the mystery, with experts agreeing that the Genoese painter’s style is indeed in line what they have found.  

The public will be able to get a partial glimpse into all this hard work at the reopening, when they can also enjoy resumption of visits to the various state apartments of the Palace.  


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Photos courtesy of Maël Voyer Gadin at the Palais Princier de Monaco

The top workout spots, clubs and classes in Monaco


Monaco Life rounds up the best places to exercise outside and in, from the smart workout stations in Port Hercule and Fontvieille to the celebrity-taught yoga classes at the Metropole and the Principality’s raft of ultra high-tech gyms. 

The legacy of well-being and wellness go back well over a century in Monaco, to when the first baths were built in the Condamine neighbourhood in the late 1800s. Then came a thalassotherapy centre in 1908, which would be developed and renovated throughout the 20th century to become what we know today as the luxurious Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo. 

Today the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo offers a 6,600sqm space dedicated to wellbeing. Alongside its innovative spa centre – solarium, sauna, hammam, jacuzzi and cryotherapy treatment rooms –   the Société des Bains de Mer (SBM) establishment also boasts a heated, open-air saltwater pool that hosts various aquatic aerobic workouts. In the adjoining fitness centre, members can enjoy pilates and stretching classes as well as bike-based activities. There’s also the option to have a private session for an additional fee.  

The famous Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo. Photo: SBM

This spring, the Hotel Metropole and its Spa by Givenchy are forgoing the “traditional” and offering a thoroughly modern take on the art of yoga. Rebel Karma Yoga, a method based on Yoga Sculpt and Power Yoga, incorporates weights into its positions to ramp up the effects of this popular discipline: it’s a “2.0 version of yoga”.  

The classes are being led by celebrity trainer Val Kahl three times a week – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – for €95 per session. She’s created two distinct workouts: the signature Rebel Karma Yoga, which she describes as a “punchy session that mixes Vinyasas, cardio, abs and core, calisthenics and pilates with weights”; and the gentler rhythmic Yoga Flow that follows a more contemporary style. Kahl moved to the region a little over a year ago and will continue her classes at the Hotel Metropole until mid-May. 

Within the SBM portfolio are the health and fitness centres at Monte-Carlo Beach and the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. Both offer personal training sessions for guests within their “next generation” facilities.  

The Monte-Carlo Beach Spa is set to reopen in April 2023, when patrons can rediscover the unique setting of this address – between the sea and a peaceful pine forest – at private yoga, meditation and pilates classes. The outdoor Olympic-sized saltwater pool with two diving boards will open for business at the same time. Even if you’re not a guest, this is a brilliant place to spend an afternoon with friends and family.    

The Olympic-sized saltwater pool complete with diving boards at Monte-Carlo Beach. Photo: SBM

Access to the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort sports facilities – a fitness room equipped with Technogym machines and weights as well as an indoor pool – are open to the public for a fee, but are free of charge for guests.  

The indoor pool at Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. Photo: SBM

The sophisticated private gym at 39 Monte-Carlo (photos below) is fully dedicated to pursing peak performance, whether that be for someone embarking on their fitness journey or a professional athlete at the top of their game. Its trainers are all highly qualified in their respective areas and include figures such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu great Jerry Monier and former gymnast French Rudy Guillard. Group sessions are run alongside the high-spec gym and feature everything from HIIT to Ballet Barre, high intensity spin classes to mini-trampoline workouts, and boxing combined with strength training to conditioning circuits and bootcamp training.  

Over at The Forge, the focus is on the body and not the machines. It calls itself a “personal training lab” with everything from kickboxing and traditional boxing to Tacfit and Flowfit. The Forge is the only certified centre in the region for the training of these two latter workouts. Yoga and ballet-inspired sessions are also a core feature of this site and many of these classes are taught by Anja Behrend, a former dancer with Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.  

For something at the more modest end of the scale, down on the port is the publicly owned and managed Hercule Fitness Centre, which opened nearly five years ago next to the popular Stade Nautique Rainier III municipal swimming pool. It operates a busy programme of classes for all abilities – BodyPump, BodySculpt, spinning and HIIT, for example – with an annual membership costing €1,100 for adults, making it a cost-effective option for those commuting into Monaco and who want to fit in a quick session at lunch or after work. Concessions are available for students, public service workers and over 60s. 

But if the great outdoors get your pulse racing, then head down to one of the two MonaMove fitness spots in Port Hercule and Fontvieille. These are digitally equipped smart spaces that allow users to, once they have downloaded the app, create their own workout according to their fitness level and track progress over time. Around 100 exercises, complete with video tutorial, have been designed by former professional rugby player Sébastien Chabal for these exact facilities, and have proved vastly successful with Monaco’s sporting population since they opened four years ago.  

And let’s not forget the incredible geography of Monaco as a naturally hilly, coastal nation. Run from the beach in Larvotto up to the Prince’s Palace or take a route high up to the Tête du Chien in La Turbie for a stunning panorama of the French Riviera. A fitness trial near the Jardin Exotique provides gym equipment along its route while the more dedicated urban trial runner might want to take on the task of Course des Escaliers in Beausoleil. This race, taking place on 18th March, calls on runners to tackle 427 steps on five staircases in a demanding 350m challenge.  


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 Main photo courtesy of SBM


Nice Airport giving away two plane tickets a day

Every day until 12th March, Nice Airport is offering people the chance to play a fun game online and win plane tickets to a number of exciting destinations across the globe.

The innovative marketing campaign involves an interactive online game that people can play each day after registering. People simply have to have a quick hand and click on some very fast moving travel-related images.

They are then entered into a draw to win plane tickets departing from Nice to Atlanta with Delta Airlines, Montreal with Air Transat, a destination of the Volotea network of your choice, London with British Airways, New York with United Airlines, Athens with Aegean, Reykjavik with Icelandair, the Antilles (via Paris) with Air France, a destination of the easyjet network of your choice, or Istanbul with Turkish Airlines.

Two plane tickets are up for grabs every day. Winners will be contacted by email.

To play, click here.

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Photo: Statue of Liberty and New York city skyline at sunset, United States, source Nice Airport