Fritz Hoffmann-La Roche - Life

Life

Hoffmann was born in Basel, Switzerland on 24 October 1868, and died on 18 April 1920.

His jewish family were wealthy business people, and provided both employment experience and investment at the beginning of his business career. He worked for a bank, a pharmacy, a chemicals merchant and a pharmaceutical trader before going into business.

On 2 May 1895 Fritz Hoffmann married Adèle La Roche. It was a common practice in Switzerland for married couples to hyphenate the name, so from this point he was often referred to as Fritz Hoffmann-La Roche. They had two sons, Emmanuel (4 May 1896–1932) and Alfred (25 July 1898). The couple were divorced in 1919 and he married divorceé Elisabeth Von der Müll.

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