Gérard Cohen – build and run the most successful bank in Monaco


Gérard Cohen attended the Engineering School of Geneva, where he studied Electrical Engineering. But, after graduating with his degree, he studied economics at the University of Geneva where he passed his thesis in 1978. His banking career then began, when he joined the Trade Development bank as Associate Director of International Clients.

From then on, his creative and dynamic career has gone from strength to strength. But, while his career began in Geneva and Luxembourg, Gérard Cohen has been based in Monaco for almost 30 years.

Since 1978, he worked with, and learned from, Edmond Safra, the legendary Private Banker.. From then on, Cohen has dedicated his career to private banking, having worked as Head of Private Banking for Safra Luxembourg and Republic National Bank of New York in Monaco.

His career with HSBC began in 1999, when RNB was acquired by HSBC he became the Chief Executive Officer of the combined branches. From there, Cohen worked his way up to build and run the most successful bank in Monaco, the HSBC Private Bank, with 250 people and has made record-breaking profit. He achieved this under the auspices of the Republic National Bank of New York and the HSBC.

He has held very powerful positions with the HSBC; in 2012 he was the Global Head of Performance Management, and from 2013 to 2016 he served on the board as a director.

He has a keen interest in art, and for many years held positions on the International Council of the New York Guggenheim and the Tate Modern in London. Currently, Cohen is a board member of the Princess Grace Foundation, a not-for-profit charity which is dedicated to identifying and helping emerging talent in theatre, dance and film, by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships.

He is also a board member of the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin, which aims to promote, preserve and present the photographic works of Helmut and June Newton. An advocate of children’s rights, Gérard is a member of the board of Action Innocence, a non-governmental organisation that wants to protect the innocence and dignity of children on the internet.

In 1994, Gérard founded the International School of Monaco, and has continued to serve as Chairman of the school. So, not only does Gérard Cohen excel in his professional work, he has a huge interest in culture and education, and excels at these too. His creative pursuits have clearly been to his advantage professionally.



Director and Consultant 2013 – 2016
HSBC Private Bank (Monaco) SA

Global Head of Performance Management 2012 – 2013
HSBC Global Private Bank

Chief Executive Officer 1996 – 2013
HSBC Private Bank (Monaco) SA

Managing Director 1988 – 2000
Republic National Bank of New York (France) SA, Succursale of Monaco

Member of the Management 1985 – 1988
Republic National Bank of New York (Luxembourg)
Head of Private Banking

Member of Management 1985
Head of Private Banking
Safra Luxembourg

Deputy Member of Management 1984 – 1985
Private Banking Director
Banque de Dépôts, Genève

Associate Director 1978 – 1984
Relationship Manager, International Clients
Trade Development Bank, Genève




Engineer School of Geneva, Ingénieur en Génie Electrique (1975)
University of Geneva, Economics (1978)


Director of the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco
Member of the Board of Helmut Newton Foundation
Chairman of International School of Monaco
Member of the Board of Princess Grace Foundation New York
Member of the Board of Action Innocence Group


Yacht Club de Monaco
Monte-Carlo Country Club
Association les Enfants de Frankie
Fondation Albert II


Decorated with the « Ordre de Saint Charles » and the “ Ordre du Mérite
Culturel” , by the Principality of Monaco