Hansjörg Wyss explains what he gives money for – and what not

The Swiss philanthropist Hansjörg Wyss wants to donate a large part of his fortune to good causes. In an interview, he explains what he gives money for – and what not.

Hansjörg Wyss received the Gallatin Award for his commitment to science.

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Billionaire Hansjörg Wyss has made headlines in recent weeks, mainly in connection with the sale of the English football club Chelsea FC. In this country, however, he is financially involved in completely different areas: Wyss has donated more than half a billion Swiss francs to Swiss research projects in the last ten years. Research is carried out in the fields of neuro-engineering, environmental protection and regenerative medicine at two centers named after him in Zurich and Geneva and at an academy in Bern. In his research center in Geneva, he spoke to the NZZ about his commitment and his future plans.

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