Pictet-Banker Robbed in Hong Kong

Claude Haberer, Pictet CEO for APAC

Claude Haberer, Pictet CEO for APAC

Burglars made it off with HK$620,000 worth of valuables and cash from a luxury house on The Peak, co-leased partly by Pictet banker Claude Haberer.

A French banker who lives in the house at 22 Barker Road reported to police on Sunday that a safe box was missing when he returned to the four-storey dwelling, which police said had been ransacked. The safebox contained 10 watches worth HK$300,000, jewelry worth HK$260,000, HK$50,000 cash and a HK$9,000 handbag, according to a report in «The Standard» in Hong Kong.

The house is co-leased by a Hong Kong resident who has a Chinese passport and French banker Claude Haberer, the APAC chief executive of the Switzerland-based private bank Pictet. A team from the Police Tactical Unit searched the area and tried to track down the route of the suspects.

The World's Second-Most Expensive Residence

It is understood that the police are highly concerned about the case as Barker Road is home to tycoons and government officials, including Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Henderson Land chairman Lee Shau-kee.

The 9,890-square-foot house became a talking point last August when it was rumored to have been sold for HK$1.5 billion, or HK$150,000 per square foot, becoming the world's second-most-expensive residence, to Alibaba founder Jack Ma. But the house is now under the name of an overseas company, Alatini Group, according to the Land Registry, «The Standard» writes.

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