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Watch company executive

Nicolas George Hayek, Lebanese watch company executive. Named an Officer of Legion of France, 2003; named one of World's Richest People, Forbes magazine, 1999—2010.


Hayek, Nicolas George was born on February 19, 1928 in Beirut, Lebanon.


Doctorate law and economics (honorary), University Neuchatel, Switzerland, 1996. Doctorate of Faculty "Beni Culturali" (honorary), University Bologna, Italy, 1998.


Founder, chairman, Chief Executive Officer Hayek Engineering AG, Zurich, Switzerland, from 1963. Merged ASUAG and SSIH to form ASUAG-SSIH Holding Company (became Swiss Corporation for Microelectronics and Watchmaking Industries Ltd. in 1986 then Swatch Group in 1998), Biel-Bienne, Switzerland, 1983, majority shareholder Switzerland, 1985, chairman board Switzerland, 1986—2010, Chief Executive Officer Switzerland, 1986—2003. Member Coun.l for Research, Technology, and Innovation for future of Germany and Europe, 1995.

President "Groupe de réflexion" of France, 1996. Member International Olympic Committee, 2000, European Comm.'s work shop Brussels Capital of Europe, from 2001. Founder Nicolas G. Hayek Watchmaking School.


Married; 2 children.