In this series, we are interviewing members of our club, so that you can get to know each other a bit better. Today we talk with Victor Escoffier about his life and work in the region.
What brought you to the French Riviera? How long have you been here?
Work! That’s simply the reason for coming to the French Riviera in 2010.
Could you tell us about your professional career? What do or did you do for work?
My office is called Valor Alpha and I’m based in the Arenas district in Nice. I am a self-employed professionnal wealth manager.
To explain that in a few words. I help people and business to invest their money. For example this could be in finance, real estate, private equity and even cryptocurrency.
Basically I manage financial portfolios and help people to optimise their taxes. Marginally, I also provide insurance services.
When I came in Nice in 2010, it was for my first career. As I was a professional dancer at the Opera Nice Côte d’Azur.
Now, it’s been already more than 6 years that I am a wealth manager. I know it’s an atypical conversion. But I’ve been thinking about my financial future since I was young.
I realised that most people don’t care enough or are uninformed about money matters ; so that’s why I decided 7 years ago to make it my job.
What would be your best advice to others thinking about living or working on the French Riviera?
First, try to learn the basics of French. Because honestly most French people do not speak english or others languages. And the network here is quite hard, and takes a long time, to build.
Second, try to bring your friends or familly here. Because it’s an unique area in the world where you can have your place near the sea. The mountains, a principality (Monaco), a neighboring foreign country (Italy) and also the third busiest airport of France right in the city which allows to be able to travel very easily and quickly.
And of course, the weather and the food here is amazing 🙂
All these reasons make the French Riviera a unique place in the world !
I’m also really convinced that this region still has a lot to offer and will develop in the years to come. Meaning the culture, business, tourism, services will develop!
Fun facts about Victor Escoffier!
Since when do you live on the French Riviera?
Since April 2010.
Where are you originally from?
What is your favourite wine?
Châteauneuf-du-Pape of course, near Avignon. You really should go there to taste their 13 grape varieties.
What is your favourite spot on the French Riviera?
I don’t know – I love going to Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat in spring or summer. But I would say my home sweet home is Nice. Each time I come back home after a long journey, because we travel a lot, I really appreciate to live here in Nice 🙂
What French word, expression or sentence do you find very difficult to pronounce?
For me it’s easier because I’m French. But try repeating ‘Panier, Piano, Panier, Piano …’ several times and quickly is almost impossible. It’s more of a diction exercise though than something you’ll say on a daily basis (ahahah)
I want to thank Aleksandra Bursiak for pushing me to come to this club because I want to improve my English and meet foreigners !