Oh, and where several of your classmates are likely to go on to rule the world, in some way or another.
Founded in 1880, Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland is, supposedly, the most expensive boarding school in the world. School fees are the equivalent of $180,000 a year. The school’s main campus is at Rolle, with buildings centred around a chateau that dates back to the Middle Ages. It also has a winter campus in the picturesque mountain village of Gstaad. As you do.
Former students include the Duke of Kent, Prince Rainier of Monaco and King Albert II of Belgium, along with a bunch of Rockefellers and Rothschilds. Elizabeth Taylor’s children went there, along with John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s son Sean.
Gina Rinehart sent her daughters Hope and Ginia to Le Rosey, and it’s where Gina met her now-ex-partner, Ryan Johnston, son of Beach Boy Bruce Johnston.
So what’s it like, having so many kids of the rich and famous and powerful in the one place? People have been sharing the breathless stories for decades.
In 1999, Paul Klebnikov wrote a piece for Forbes. “The staff cleans up the children’s rooms, serves them individually at table, even darns their socks,” he said.
“In 1984, when this reporter took a job teaching tennis at Le Rosey summer school, the kids, according to long-standing student tradition, referred to the cleaning staff as ‘les esclaves’ (the slaves); the local townspeople were termed ‘les paysans’ (the peasants).”
In 2015, two former Australian students of Le Rosey, Michelle Santoro and late PM Harold Holt’s grandson Robert Holt, shared their experiences in Executive Style.
Santoro recalled a Saudi classmate who flew their dogs to Africa for exercise. She also remembered seeing Roger Moore around the place.
“I was like, ‘Oh God, it’s James Bond.’ His son was in the school and you’d see him all the time.”
Holt described it as “a hell of an adventure”.
“Melbourne Grammar is one of the best schools in Australia and I thought I was at the top of the tree, but [at Le Rosey] there were these really cool, stylish blokes who spoke six languages each as if they were their native tongue, very sophisticated, and the girls wore miniskirts with stockings and mink coats.”