Gérard Cohen – run the most successful bank in Monaco


If you ignore his youthful dalliance with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Gérard Cohen has devoted his entire adult life to economics, finance and banking. Now, Gérard has almost 40 years of experience in the finance and banking sectors, and, specifically, in the private banking sector. Gérard Cohen began his career in Geneva, after he graduated from the University of Geneva with a qualification in Economics. He then worked in Geneva and Luxembourg, before settling in Monaco, where he has lived since 1988.

Cohen is a successful CEO and private banker, having trained with Edmond Safra, of Safra Republic Holdings, Luxembourg. Safra is one of the most legendary private and commercial bankers, so Cohen received his business training from one of the best. Cohen then moved from Safra Luxembourg to Republic National Bank of New York Monaco.

This was in 1985, and within three years, Gérard had been promoted to the position of Managing Director of the Republic National Bank of New York, Luxembourg branch. In 1988, Cohen joined the Republic National Bank of New York in Monaco where he became his Chief Executive.

Also in 1994 saw him founding the International School of Monaco, so Cohen is clearly able to multitask.

In 2000, Cohen said farewell to the Republic National Bank of New York, and devoted himself to the HSBC Private Bank. Between 2012 and 2013, Cohen furthered his knowledge and experience by working as Global Head of Performance Management for HSBC Global Private Bank. Cohen, therefore has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the private banking industry, something which led him to become Consultant and Director of HSBC Private Bank in 2014.

Now, Cohen has built and run the most successful bank in Monaco. With over 250 staff, and record-breaking profit, Cohen’s expertise, drive and dynamic vision have led him to become one of the most well-known and successful private bankers. Not only that, but in November 2008, he was presented with the prestigious honour “Chevalier de l’Ordre de Saint-Charles” by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.