About Us

We differentiate ourselves by acting as entrepreneurs, and not as investors.

Our founder, Rolf Hess, started his first venture over 35 years ago, when he founded Hess Grant Thornton in Switzerland. By 2001 he sold his company to a major competitor, and ever since, has ventured into private equity investment.

Natural resources, sports, luxury goods, fashion and real estate development.

In 2019, the company initiated an integration project, where all company holdings, in the last fifteen years, have been consolidated under one brand, Hess Group International.

Philosophy

High Calculated Risk, High Return

Once we have established a successful busienss case, we open up the doors to investors. This enables the new business to complete its cycle all the way to providing an exit for investors with different priorities. Our model has been tested over the last 20 years and has allowed us to survive and grow in even the hardest of times.

A Successful and Replicable Model

Our model was adopted in various industries, from oil and gas, to natural resources, from consumer goods, to Asian martial arts, from real-estate development, to mining and precious metals exploration. With a proven track record that currently boasts eleven businesses at various stages of their life cycle, the company is confident in applying its collective experience, to tackle issues and challenges of whichever nature.

Participation and Remuneration

All our board members and managers are shareholders of the individual project companies. They receive extremely low cash amounts per month as they have a fair chance to make excellent money from themselves but only by means of equity. Having managers that truly walk in the shoes of the shareholders is the best guarantee for success. Currently the Group has no debts and plans to futher finance its own projects with its own capital.

Values

We are in the business of developing firms on a turnkey basis

We do consider debt, but tent to avoid it at all cost

Hess Group manages all of its companies even during Exit

We are only engaged in industries that we are competent in

Board & Management

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Rolf HessFounder & Chairman

Rolf has 30 years of experience as a consultant, board member and private equity entrepreneur. He’s also an author of two books, last in 2009 - “The arrogance of money”.

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Thomas StiegerCEO & Board Member

Thomas has spent 10 years in banking at Credit Suisse before developing private equity projects. He’s now the CEO and board member of Hess Group.

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Janine HessNon-Executive Board Member

Janine is a Marketing & PR professional. She contributes with expertise both within Marketing and Communications and has experience from numerous international companies. She is currently located in Norway.

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Norbert A. StockerProject Consultant

Norbert spent over 30 years in private and investment banking. Since 2005 he pursued projects in natural resources and has been a member of the board ever since.

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Martin EmchExecutive Business Development

Martin brings 30 years of experience in banking and investment consulting with a special focus on Eastern Europe. Fluent in Russian and Polish among other languages, Martin spent much of the past years working and living in the market area.

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Garry MillerBoard Member

Garry began his career in 1978 at PaineWebber, in crude oil futures and stock portfolios. He’s been the Group’s man on the ground in USA, since 2007.

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Julian von BurgCEO of Luxury Goods

With a degree in International Business, Julian spent the last 10 years developing brands and leading projects in the luxury industry. At Hess Group International he is the CEO of Luxury Goods.

Investor Relations

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Markus KratzerInvestor Relations

In the late 1980s, Markus worked as a key account manager at Xerox Corp before becoming a business consultant and financial planner. In 1995 he acquired the Series 3 license for trading in derivative financial instruments.

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Roman BirchlerInvestor Relations

Roman spent over 27 years in Russia where he was developing several Projects over the years. He is holding a Diploma of the Hotel Business School in Lausanne as well as a Bachelor Degree in business administration.