Alex Widmer

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Alex W. Widmer
Born (1956-05-01)May 1, 1956
Died December 3, 2008(2008-12-03) (aged 52)
Occupation Former CEO of Julius Baer Group

Alex W. Widmer (May 1, 1956 – December 3, 2008) was a Swiss banker who had been the chief executive officer of the Julius Baer Group, one of the world's largest providers of private banking services.


Born in Zurzach,[1] he was an economist by education, who earned a Ph.D from the University of St. Gallen, a research university in St. Gallen.[2]

Widmer was hired by Julius Baer in 2005 from his previous position as head of private banking at Credit Suisse, succeeding Walter Knabenhans.[3] He had been the head of the bank's private banking business before assuming responsibility for the entire bank, including asset management and investment products. Widmer had been appointed as chief executive of Julius Baer in November 2007, where he expanded the bank's offices into such places as Jakarta, Indonesia and Moscow, places where new wealth could be found.[4]

He was found dead on December 4, 2008, with reports from sources cited in The New York Times claiming that the death was from suicide. Although reports of the cause of death were contradictory and vague and the autopsy report was never released. Widmer was succeeded by Hans de Gier, Julius Baer's previous chief executive, who had been appointed as chairman of the bank's GAM business unit earlier in 2008.[4]


  1. ^ Autorenverzeichnis. Dr. Alex W. Widmer. In: (PDF, p. 426)
  2. ^ Alex W. Widmer: PwC Global CEO Survey perspectives, PricewaterhouseCoopers. Accessed December 7, 2008.
  3. ^ Staff. "World Business Briefing | Europe: Switzerland: Julius Baer Names Chief ", The New York Times, June 29, 2005. Accessed December 6, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Browning, Lynnley. "Alex Widmer, 52, Chief of Julius Baer, Dies Unexpectedly", The New York Times, December 5, 2008. Accessed December 6, 2008.