Born in Dornbirn, Austria in 1947, Reinold Geiger graduated from the Federal Institute of Engineering in 1969. He received a masters degree in business administration from the INSEAD Fontainebleau in 1976. After graduating, he went on to found six different companies successively. His greatest success came with a packaging company.
In 1991, he sold that business, first in part — and then in its entirety. “I wanted to be independent and I saw in my father, a self-employed carpenter, an inspiration”, Geiger said.