Tina Turner and Her New Life in Switzerland

In 2013, R&B singer Tina Turner became a citizen of Switzerland and relinquished her U.S. citizenship. After her long-time residency there and marriage to German record executive Erwin Bach, it made perfect sense. Turner retired from the concert stage in 2009 and moved to Switzerland when her husband was transferred there. Part of the mandatory Swiss citizenship test requires an advanced knowledge of German, the official language of Switzerland. While Turner can understand and speak the language, she chooses to speak English most of the time. What most people don’t know is that Tina had to pay an exit tax to the United States of 15% of all her assets, which in 2013 was somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 million. That would have made her exit tax approximately $30 million. Since that time, she’s been enjoying her villa, Château Algonquin, in Küsnacht, near Zürich. There’s a metal plaque on the gate of the estate that reads: “Vor 12.00 Uhr nicht läuten, keine Lieferungen” — “Don’t even think about bothering Tina Turner before noon.” She has admitted in interviews, “I don’t sing, I don’t dance, I don’t dress up.” It sounds like the 80-year-old is living the good life.