The earliest mention of the name Hottinger is found from 1362 in Zollikon, near Zurich. Later, in 1495, there is reference to another Hottinger, a clergyman in Zurich. Over the following three centuries, we hear of other men of the cloth, including Klaus Hottinger (1467-1524) earliest martyr of the Swiss Protestant movement. Other notable family members from these earliest recorded times included theologians, historians and scientists such as Hans-Heinrich (1620-1667), left, a famous Orientalist and Dean of the University of Heidelberg.
During the eighteenth-century some family members decided on careers outside the church and were drawn towards merchant trading, becoming instrumental in the development of the early banks and insurance agencies. They were ambitious, passionate men who travelled outside their comfort zones to secure their family’s place in history.
The Hottinger Family Coat of Arms, seen above, was was created in France in 1810, to celebrate Jean-Conrad Hottinger being made a Baron of the French Empire, by Napoleon, see right, in recognition of the family’s support for the Emperor. The first Baron added a ‘u’ to the name at around this time, to ensure the correct pronunciation of the name in French.
The Banque de France was created in 1800 with a Board of 20 members and Jean-Conrad was appointed Regent in 1803. For the next 133 years there was a Hottinger family member on the Board of this Central Bank.
Jean-Conrad retained a powerful position within the local economy by also holding the office of President of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Since the turn of the 18th Century the family has been a modernising force in developing trading links, banking and capital markets in Europe
and the New World. The family passion for innovation in finance is still celebrated today, most recently as Family Office of the Year, 2017, at the City of London Wealth Management Awards.