Alain de Botton, FRSL is a Swiss-born British philosopher and author. His books discuss various contemporary subjects and themes, emphasizing philosophy's relevance to everyday life. He published Essays in Love , which went on to sell two million copies. Other bestsellers include How Proust Can Change Your Life , Status Anxiety and The Architecture of Happiness .He co-founded The School of Life in 2008 and Living Architecture in 2009. In 2015, he was awarded The Fellowship of Schopenhauer, an annual writers' award from the Melbourne Writers Festival, for this work.Early life and familyDe Botton was born in Zurich, the son of Jacqueline and Gilbert de Botton, who was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and expelled under Nasser. Gilbert went to live and work in Switzerland, where he co-founded an investment firm, Global Asset Management; his family was estimated to have been worth £234 million in 1999.