some examples of my work at cnnmoney switzerland
Why Switzerland needs to remain business-friendly
McKinsey and Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce released a wake-up call for Switzerland. We tell you why the popular vote on May 19 is going to be crucial for doing business in Switzerland.
A Swiss recipe to make refugees an asset for the economy
Powercoders is a Swiss coding academy that has successfully trained refugees for free and helped them integrate into the IT job market. Companies like Swiss Post, Swiss Life, and Swisscom support the initiative, and the nonprofit organization is now expanding abroad. Founder Christian Hirsig and project manager Hussam Allaham tell us more.
switzerland: a new wedding destination
Switzerland is aiming to become the next go-to wedding destination. We talked to The Wildest Dreams, which organized the nuptials of Singapore-based designer Jessicacindy, to find out why their clients opted for Switzerland. We also asked Tomas Pedroni, marketing manager at luxury hotel Le Grand Bellevue Gstaad, why weddings are good for business. And a Follow-up story with Switzerland Tourism can be found here.
interview with daniel hug of art cologne
Art Cologne is taking place next week. The fair’s director, Daniel Hug, tells us more about their business model and why he’s putting the spotlight on young galleries this year.
How a Polish billionaire is bringing new life to a small Engadin town
Grazyna Kulczyk made billions with real estate projects and other investments. Now she has opened a museum in Susch, which is the biggest art project in the Engadin Valley in recent years. She tells Tanya König why she chose this small town of just 200 inhabitants for her ambitious project.
Story & video editing: Tanya König, Camera: Roberto Cancellara
Orell Füssli CEO on the business of books and banknotes
Orell Füssli is celebrating 500 years of business. Its most profitable division? It’s not the obvious—selling books—but security printing. CEO Martin Buyle tells us what we can expect for the new 1,000 Swiss franc note and why he doesn’t believe cash, or books, will disappear anytime soon.
Why African-American artists are becoming art market superstars
Six out of ten auction records last year were set by African-American artists. Their star is also rising in Switzerland: Major galleries are showing art by African-American artists this month. We look at why they are increasingly in the spotlight.
the swiss who conquered hollywood
Simon Otto had a contract at DreamWorks before he graduated from Gobelins over 20 years ago. He worked his way up from animator to head of character animation in “How to Train Your Dragon.” The latest in that threequel is now set for release and is again expected to gross in the hundreds of millions.
Why the Engadin Valley is attracting art dealers
The Engadin Valley is known to be the home or inspiration of artists such as Alberto Giacometti and Giovani Segantini. Now it’s attracting more and more galleries and museums. Reporter Tanya König went to the alpine region to find out why.
Why Hauser & Wirth opened a gallery in St. Moritz
Hauser & Wirth just opened a new space in St. Moritz, it’s ninth location worldwide. Iwan Wirth, the co-owner of the mega-gallery, tells Tanya König that their ambition is to extend the season in Engadin and add to the cultural discussion in the Alpine region.
why firms like swisscom are training mental health first-aiders
A mental health first-aid course developed in Australia is coming to Switzerland. Pro Mente Sana is focusing on the workplace before rolling it out to the public in spring 2019. We had exclusive access as staff from firms such as Swisscom attended the first-ever “ensa” training in Zurich.
interview with harper reed
Harper Reed was Barack Obama’s Chief Technology Officer and he tells us how he hopes they made history and why he thinks people working in tech should take an ethics course, too.
interview with jet aviation president robert smith
In a rare interview, Robert Smith, president of Jet Aviation Group, explains why the company has invested around CHF 20 million in Basel to build a new hangar big enough to fit two Boeing 777s. Tanya König also takes you behind the scenes of a business that caters to the world’s rich and famous.
Handelszeitung picked-up the story.
interview with art dealer eva presenhuber
Eva Presenhuber is one of most influential art dealers in the world. She owns galleries in both Zurich and New York and has also been in the selection committee of Art Basel. She tells us what it takes to make it into the prestigious fair and how to stay relevant in the ever-changing art market.
interview with tennis prodigy chelsea fontenel
The 14-year-old tennis star Chelsea Fontenel is supported by the Roger Federer Foundation and is ranked number one in her age-group in Switzerland. She’s also a singer and is hoping to be successful in both highly competitive industries.
interview with bastian baker
Did you know that Swiss singer-songwriter Bastian Baker is also into real estate and tech start-ups? The 27-year-old from Lausanne who was discovered by the legendary Claude Nobs takes a break from his world tour with Shania Twain and talks to Tanya König about how he invests his money.
Handelszeitung picked up the story.
how lugano is betting on culture
The largest public investment by the city of Lugano in recent years was for the construction of a new center for visual arts, music, and theater. Tanya König spoke with the director of LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura to find out how successful it’s been since opening in 2015.
This start-up brings fresh food to your desk
Felfel is a rising Swiss start-up that saves office workers from mediocre lunches. Tanya König spoke to the co-founders to find out their recipe for success.
switzerland’s entrepreneurs of the year 2018
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards have been handed out. Reporter Tanya König was there.
interview with film director michael steiner
Collaboration is key, says Michael Steiner, one of Switzerland’s best-known filmmakers. But with the release of his latest, “Wolkenbruch,” the director of “Grounding” tells us that past success doesn’t help secure state funding for future films, something that’s crucial in a small market.
thomas meyer: we’re obsessed with becoming rich
Thomas Meyer, the best-selling Swiss author of Wolkenbruch, thinks many of us are overly-obsessed with becoming rich. Tanya König gets his take on money and society, liberalism, and travel.
viggo mortensen opening zurich film festival
The Zurich Film Festival is underway, with Hollywood stars such as Viggo Mortensen hitting the green carpet. Swiss leaders from business and politics were also out in force for the launch event, as Tanya König finds out.
break dancing as a day job
Bboy Lilou has been break dancing for over 20 years and is considered one of the best in the world. He has performed with Madonna at Super Bowl XLVI in 2012 and won the Red Bull BC One competition three times. He tells Tanya König how break dancing became his actual day job and what it takes to make a living out of it.
at yuma, sharing is caring
Sharing is caring, especially when eating at Yuma Zurich. Tanya König and Eléonore Payro take you on a food tour!
interview with fashion designer julia seeman
Up-and-coming Swiss fashion designer Julia Seemann has made clothes worn by celebrities such as Rihanna. You’d think, in other words, that she’s arrived, but as she tells Tanya König, she still can’t quite make a living at it. Nonetheless, her passion keeps her going, and she continues to work toward turning that kind of visibility into sales.
interview with ziggy marley
Bob Marley’s eldest son Ziggy Marley is continuing his father’s legacy by singing about fake leaders and humanity on his latest album “Rebellion Rises.” He tells Tanya König what makes a good leader, what motivated him to name an EP after Spotify, and why tapping into other businesses such as writing a cookbook or having an emoji app helps him reach more people.
interview with artist & entrepreneur dieter meier
He is one of Zurich’s originals and has shaped the city with his activism and art. Dieter Meier, best known for being part of the electro-pop duo Yello, is also a successful entrepreneur producing his own organic meat and wine in Argentina. As he told reporter Tanya König, he has big plans for revolutionizing the chocolate market too and is currently in talks with Starbucks, Unilever and Barry Callebaut.
interview with fondation beyeler’s sam keller
A new building and a bigger park are at the core of the expansion plans for the Fondation Beyeler, the most visited museum in Switzerland. Its director Sam Keller tells CNNMoney Switzerland half of the CHF 100 million is secured. He hopes he will close the gap by the time they receive the construction permit.
interview with the director of les trois rois
Les Trois Rois is one of Europe’s most historic city hotels, where Napoleon and artists such as Pablo Picasso and Niki de Saint Phalle stayed. Like every hotel in Basel it profits a lot from the many fairs in the city. With the Swatch Group pulling out of Baselworld, the new director of Les Trois Rois, Tanja Wegmann, says there are ways to compensate the loss of revenue.
interview with läckerli huus ceo miriam baumann-blocher
Läckerli cookies are part of Basel's identity. Miriam Baumann-Blocher is the owner and CEO of the cookie manufacturer Läckerli Huus, which is based in the canton of Basel-Land. She tells Tanya König why she believes in the Swiss market and reveals what she learned from her father, Switzerland's most famous politician Christoph Blocher.
Where to spend your francs at the street parade
The Street Parade in Zurich is the world’s biggest techno-party. Over 1 million people danced around Lake Zurich to celebrate this year’s motto, “Culture of Tolerance.” If you want to take your partying to the next level, you’ll need to be prepared to shell out.
the most expensive hot dog in the world
The most expensive hot dog in the world is sold by Happy Souls in Switzerland. Tanya König met the women behind it and found out why it's so pricey. Filmed and edited by Tanya.
interview with botswana’s youngest minister
Bogolo Joy Kenewendo is the youngest minister of Botswana and the youngest female member of parliament in the country’s history. After three weeks on the job as the minister of investment, trade and industry, she speaks to CNNMoney Switzerland's Tanya König about the challenges she faces as a 31-year-old female minister and how she makes sure to get it right.
how zurich is putting itself back on the art map
With the world’s biggest art fair set to kick off soon in Basel, museums and institutions in Zurich are doing their part to attract a share of the visitors in the days ahead. We took a look at what the Zurich art scene is doing to lure in connoisseurs and collectors during Art Basel. Filmed and edited by Tanya.
interview with fashion designer yvonne reichmuth
Her leather clothing label YVY can be found in the wardrobes of Hollywood stars and influencers, such as Kylie Jenner, Eva Longoria, Katy Perry, and Monica Bellucci. Success seems to follow 31-year-old Yvonne Reichmuth. Tanya König sat down with the Swiss fashion designer.
interview with actor simon baker
Australian actor Simon Baker, known for his role in the series "The Mentalist", has made his directorial debut with the film "Breath." Tanya König met the actor and director during the Zurich Film Festival and asked him about stepping out as a director and being a brand ambassador for Swiss watchmaker Longines.
interview with chinese artist ai weiwei
As Chinese artist Ai Weiwei premiered his first feature length documentary Human Flow, he reveals how his own background helped him tap into the global refugee crisis. Tanya König met Ai Weiwei to discuss the crisis and found out why Switzerland will always be so dear to him.