Monaco Grand Prix dates confirmed for 2025

Following the unveiling of the 2025 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar, it has been confirmed that the Monaco Grand Prix will be the eighth race of the year, sandwiched between stops at the Imola circuit in Emilia Romagna and in Barcelona. Here are all the details. 

Back in April 2024, Formula 1 announced that some fairly big changes would be made to the schedule for the 2025 season. 

Firstly, 2025’s racing will begin on Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit. This track has hosted the Australian Grand Prix since 1996 and had long been the standard season opener, but has had to settle for the third round in recent years. The first F1 race of 2025 is scheduled for 16th March.  

The reason for this change is that Ramadan will fall in March next year. Therefore, the Bahrain and Saudi Arabian Grand Prix have been pushed back and will be held in April.

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Before they can take place, however, it will be the turn of China, in Shanghai, and Japan, on the Suzuka circuit. These races will be held on 23rd March and 6th April, respectively.  

Then there will be the back-to-back racing in the Gulf, with Bahrain due to host on 13th April while Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah track will see racing on 20th April.  

After this stretch, the grid will get a short break before racing resumes in Miami on 4th May. 

Another weekend away from racing will occur and then it will be back to Europe for three intense rounds: Imola on 18th May, Monaco on 25th May and Barcelona on 1st June.  

This makes the Monaco Grand Prix the eighth event on the calendar. In all, Formula 1 will tour a huge 24 venues in 2025.

To explore the 2025 F1 calendar in full, click here.  

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*Originally posted on 23rd April 2024

Monaco makes voluntary contribution to Council of Europe

The Principality of Monaco has made a voluntary contribution of €120,000 towards several Council of Europe-backed projects, including action plans to combat violence against women and improve protections for vulnerable people seeking asylum on the continent, as well as the Bern Convention for the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats. 

At a meeting on 30th May between Ambassador Gabriel Revel, the Permanent Representative of Monaco to the Council of Europe, and Bjørn Berge, the Council’s Deputy Secretary General, the Principality renewed its agreement to provide voluntary contributions to the organisation to the tune of €120,000 in 2024.  

The funds will go towards four distinct projects and missions: a programme combatting violence against women and domestic violence in Morocco and Tunisia; the Council of Europe Action Plan on Protecting Vulnerable Persons in the Context of Migration and Asylum in Europe 2021-2025; the Fund for the Convention for the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, also known as the Bern Convention; and assisting in reducing the backlog of well-founded cases at the European Court of Human Rights.  

The support provided by the Principality comes on the back of a separate financial package offered by Revel in December 2023, which pledged €10,000 towards efforts to improve protections for vulnerable people seeking asylum in Europe.  

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JCI conference: highlighting Monegasque Foundations with a global impact and a local focus

Impactful discussions took centre stage at a breakfast conference organised by the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Monaco on Tuesday, where leaders from the Monaco Red Cross and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation shared insights on global initiatives.

On 4th June, the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Monaco (JCI), a community of young professionals under 40 dedicated to improving Monaco’s economic development, organised a breakfast conference at the Meridien Beach Plaza. The conference explored the balancing act that Monaco’s foundations and associations carry out between local initiatives and global commitments. 

The two key guest speakers were Olivier Wenden, Vice President and Managing Director of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, and Bettina Ragazzoni-Janin, General Treasurer of the Monegasque Red Cross. 

Commitment to vulnerable communities worldwide

The Monaco Red Cross operates locally and globally. Locally, it assists those in need, organises events for the elderly and underprivileged, and provides first-aid training. Internationally, it partners with other Red Cross societies on sustainable projects, ranging from emergency response to long-term development, focusing on social and health sectors.

“The principle is to help vulnerable communities as much as possible,” said Bettina Ragazzoni-Janin.

The focus of the Monaco Red Cross is currently on Burkina Faso. This country is experiencing a humanitarian crisis due to a significant escalation in violence and the closure of over a third of health facilities and thousands of schools.

The Monaco Red Cross opened a multi-purpose training centre in Loumbila, Burkina Faso, to aid the vulnerable community. It also provided two fully equipped ambulances and a shelter for women and children to escape abuse. 

“We always try to be present in any project that we undertake by providing assistance and support to the vulnerable community,” said Ragazzoni-Janin. 

In addition to its ongoing projects in Burkina Faso, the Monaco Red Cross provided over €850,000 in financial aid in 2023 alone to support those affected by natural disasters, humanitarian crises, armed conflicts, and health emergencies. 

“In light of today’s complex geopolitical situation, we must persist in our mission,” affirmed Ragazzoni-Janin. 

Leading global initiatives for planetary health

Like the Monaco Red Cross, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is a local foundation that takes its initiatives worldwide since it is dedicated to advancing planetary health globally. With over 100 sponsored projects, 110 partners, and €11 million in grants awarded, the Foundation collaborates with international partners to address biodiversity, climate, and ocean challenges.

Olivier Wenden revealed that one of the foundation’s current focuses is its collaboration with MedFund, an association financing marine protected areas in the Mediterranean. The foundation aids its projects to safeguard biodiversity, aligning with international agreements and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“The foundation plays a big and interesting role in international diplomacy. In 2030, we will be able to judge the acts carried out by our collaboration,” states Wenden. 

Wenden also announced the Green Shift Festival, which is only in its second edition and will take place from 5th to 7th June. It includes an exciting programme that promotes ecology and social projects. For more information, click here: The Green Shift Initiative – 2024 Edition

“We wanted to create a project that mixes policy and economic and environmental aspects in a fun and engaging manner,” revealed Wenden. 

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F1’s Charles Leclerc invests in online watch retailer Chrono24 

Monaco-born Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc and his elder brother, Lorenzo, have made a joint investment in online luxury watch retailer Chrono24, joining the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Bernard Arnault in backing the growing company. 

Alongside his passions for cars and racing, 26-year-old Monegasque Charles Leclerc is also a devotee of high-end timepieces. Among the watches he has been spotted wearing over the years are a Richard Mille RM61-01 Ultimate Edition – just 150 of these timepieces have ever been made – as well as a Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time 5990/1R and a Hublot Big Bang MECA-10 Black Magic. 

Leclerc is a particular fan of Richard Mille watches, and he is one of the leading global ambassadors for the brand. Having worked with Richard Mille for over a decade, this relationship reached new heights in 2021 when the brand released the Richard Mille RM 67-02 Charles Leclerc. Since then, Leclerc has been seen sporting the Richard Mille UP-01 Ferrari as well as the Richard Mille RM35-03 Rafael Nadal.  

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In addition to his F1 career, Leclerc has also spread his wings into investment and the wider business world. 

On Tuesday 4th June, it was announced that Leclerc and his elder brother, Lorenzo, with whom he runs a family office called All Time, would be investing an undisclosed amount in the online watch vendor Chrono24.  

“The watch world has long captivated me as one of my many passions,” says Leclerc. “There’s a real unification between watch lovers around the world, and my brother and I are excited to be an even deeper part of that community through our investment involvement with Chrono24.” 

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Currently valued at more than US$1 billion, the company is described as a “solid bet for shrewd investors like the Leclercs”. Other big names that have been drawn to Chrono24 include footballing legend Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined the company as an investor in July 2023, and investment companies such as Bernard Arnault’s Aglae Ventures, General Atlantic, Insight Partners and Sprints Capital. 

“The idea of a sporting legend like Charles Leclerc joining Chrono24 as an investor is thrilling,” says Chrono24 Founder and Chairman of the Board Tim Stracke (pictured above with Leclerc). “He has achieved an incredible legacy already very early in his life, and his prowess as a young investor is a great example of his passion for performance.” 

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Indosuez Wealth Management acquires Degroof Petercam

CA Indosuez Wealth Management has become the majority shareholder of Degroof Petercam, the largest private bank in Belgium and a leading centre for cross-border banking and insurance services in Europe. 

Announced in August 2023, the acquisition of the majority of its competitor’s capital was finalised on Monday, following a meticulous process involving approvals from various banking and competition authorities in the EU.

Indosuez Wealth Management, a subsidiary of Crédit Agricole S.A., described the transaction in a statement as “among the most significant in the industry in the past 10 years in Europe”. 

“I am delighted to welcome Degroof Petercam’s teams and extensive expertise to our Group today,” said Jacques Prost, Chief Executive Officer of the Indosuez group, which includes the Monaco-based CFM Indosuez Wealth Management branch. “This acquisition is a transformative and exciting project that reshapes our scope and establishes a European leader in wealth management. It enhances our value proposition with one of the most comprehensive offerings in the market for all our wealthy private clients and families, entrepreneurs and professional investors… Now that this union has become a reality, all our teams across our regions will unite to pool our strengths, shape this new entity and write a new chapter in our collective history.” 

See also: The story behind CFM Indosuez: the oldest and largest Monegasque bank

Indosuez Wealth Management has a 150-year legacy as one of the world’s leading private banks. In addition to its Monaco premises, of which there are five agencies and one trading room, Indosuez Wealth Management is present in 15 other national territories around the world.

The bank now controls 65% of the capital of Degroof Petercam, with almost 20% being held by CLdN Cobelfret, its historical shareholder.  

With the integration of Degroof Petercam, Indosuez will manage €200 billion in customer assets and achieve a net banking income of approximately €1.6 billion based on recalculated 2023 figures. 

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Chagall, Picasso, Dubuffet and Léger to feature in Opera Gallery’s Monaco Masters 2024 exhibit

This summer, Monaco’s Opera Gallery on Avenue Henri Dunant will host a spellbinding exhibition of the greatest 20th and 21st century artists whose creativity was piqued by their time living on the French Riviera.  

The south of France and Monaco have long been popular with the art crowd for its mild climate, natural beauty and, of course, the fabled light that the region is known for.  

Many who made their names famous by wielding a paintbrush, from Pablo Picasso to Marc Chagall and Fernand Léger, have fallen under the spell of the Riviera and produced some of their most significant and best-known pieces as a result of their time spent living and working in the region.  

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This summer, Opera Gallery will be showcasing some of these very special pieces at its Monaco Masters 2024 summer exhibition, which has been entitled ‘The Côte d’Azur, land of inspiration’ 

Marc Chagall’s ‘Le peintre et sa vision des couples’. © Adagp, Paris 2024

The event will feature a diverse range of master-level artists with differing styles, mediums and subjects, but who all had one thing in common: that they lived, worked and drew inspiration from their experiences on the Côte d’Azur.  

In addition to works from the three aforementioned artists, there will also be displays from ebullient sculptress Niki Saint-Phalle, figurative painter Fernando Botero and “low-art” humanist artist Jean Dubuffet.  

The exhibition will run from 2nd July to 31st August at Opera Gallery in the Palais de la Scala on Avenue Henri Dunant.  

For more information on this upcoming event, as well as current exhibits, click here

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Main photo credit: Jean Dubuffet, La Procession, 1965 © Adagp, Paris 2024