Urs Minder, a Swiss former banker and investment-adviser who served as the Honorary Consul of Switzerland to Monaco for almost two decades, has passed away at the age of 66.
Born in Basel, Urs Minder came to Monaco 28 years ago and was originally supposed to stay only three years to help restructure UBS Monaco. He began his impressive banking career in 1979 as a client advisor at Swiss Bank Corporation, which merged with Union Bank of Switzerland in 1998 to form UBS, then the largest bank in Europe and the second largest bank in the world.
From 2011, Urs served as CEO of UBS Monaco, where he was responsible for more than 200 employees and established UBS Monaco as the central wealth manager in the Principality of Monaco. In 2017, he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Urs Minder, who was a passionate golfer and sailor in his spare time, was appointed Honorary Consul of Switzerland for Monaco in 2004. In a letter from the Club Suisse de Monaco on Sunday 18th June, the day of his passing, President Arik Röschke thanked Urs Minder, saying: “We would like to thank him for his support and his valuable participation in our events. It was a special gift of Urs to inspire and entertain those around him. We are grateful for the time we were able to spend with Urs and we will always remember him fondly as a valued and respected man. At this difficult time, we would like to extend our sincere condolences to Karine – Urs’ partner – and his three children. Our thoughts are with them.”
The funeral service will be held at 9.30am on Monday 26th June at the Athanée de Monaco (Somotha) Chapel 14, avenue Pasteur in Monaco. Afterwards, Urs’ sons – Alexander, Andrew and Anthony – and Karine will host a reception at the Yacht Club de Monaco.