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Inside the elite Swiss school that boards children of the rich and powerful

Former students include the last Shah of Iran, Prince Rainier of Monaco and assorted members of wealthy US families Rockefellers and Rothschilds.

MANY OF THE world’s most wealthy and powerful people were educated in Switzerland’s famed boarding schools, and have sent their children to those same institutions.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un supposedly attended the International School in Bern; Danish royalty were sent to Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil.

But no Swiss institution is as prestigious, expensive, or well-connected as Institut Le Rosey, located near Rolle.

The school, founded in 1880, is considered to be the world’s most expensive private school, with annual tuition (including boarding) around €102,000.

Its alumni network is astounding: Former students include the last Shah of Iran, the Aga Khan, King Albert II of Belgium, Prince Rainier of Monaco, Dodi Al-Fayed, and the children of the royal families of Egypt, Greece, Yugoslavia, Italy and Britain, according to Forbes. The offspring of the American dynasties like the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, and du Ponts also attended.

via LeRoseySwitzerland/Youtube

Håvard M. Ottestad has provided us with some pictures of Le Rosey; click through to see the campus and find out more about the school.

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  • Le Rosey is on two campuses...

    One is in Rolle (beside Lake Geneva) for the spring session and the other in Gstaad (a picturesque ski village) for the winter. (Image: Havard M Ottestad)
  • The school teaches a bilingual curriculum in French and English

    Image: Havard M Ottestad
  • All 380 students live in boarding houses here

    Image: Havard M Ottestad
  • Sports include horseriding, badminton, skiing, snowboarding, tennis, dance

    Image: Havard M Ottestad
  • The school doesn't hide that the children are privileged...

    ...They are encouraged also to explore creativity, go on trips, discover their own culture. (Image: Havard M Ottestad)
  • Students take weekend art and theatre trips across Europe

    Image: Havard M Ottestad
  • Mid-October excursions are assigned to exploring new cultures...

    ...some have taken humanitarian trips to Africa and India, while others have travelled to desert destinations to explore life there. (Image: Havard M Ottestad)
  • Thousands of alumni join the International Association of Former Roseans

    Image: Havard M Ottestad

- Julie Zeveloff and Matthew Kassel

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