Famous Entrepreneurs From Italy

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Find out more about the greatest Italian Entrepreneurs, including Silvio Berlusconi, Enzo Ferrari, Donatella Versace, Mario Draghi and Giuliana Rancic.
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Gianni Versace
(Italian Fashion Designer, Businessman and Founder of ‘Versace’)
Gianni Versace
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Birthdate: December 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reggio Calabria, Italy
Died: July 15, 1997
Legendary Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace founded the brand Versace, reputed worldwide for its luxury products, including clothes, accessories, and fragrances. He had also designed for renowned artists and for series and movies, too. He was shot dead outside his Miami mansion, Casa Casuarina, by Andrew Cunanan. 
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Donatella Versace
(Fashion Designer and Chief Creative Designer of the Luxury Fashion House 'Versace')
Donatella Versace
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Birthdate: May 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reggio Calabria, Italy
Donatella Versace, sister of the founder of the Italian fashion brand Versace, Gianni Versace, inherited the company after Gianni’s murder in 1997. Donatella is now the company’s chief creative officer. She supports Elton John’s AIDS Foundation and was the first woman to win the GQ Designer of the Year award. 
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Enzo Ferrari
(Italian racing driver)
Enzo Ferrari
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Birthdate: February 18, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Turin
Died: August 14, 1988
Italian race-car driver Enzo Ferrari, also known as "il Commendatore" and "il Drake,” founded the motor-racing team Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix. He had also been part of the Italian army during World War I. He was posthumously inducted into the International Motorsports and the Automotive halls of fame.
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Guccio Gucci
(Italian Businessman)
Guccio Gucci
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Birthdate: March 26, 1881
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence
Died: January 2, 1953
Son of an Italian leather-goods maker, Guccio Gucci was initially reluctant to join his family business and worked in hotels instead. Changing his mind later, he opened the first Gucci shop in Florence in 1921. The year of his death, 1953, saw the opening of the first Gucci store abroad.
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Cosimo de' Medici
(He Established the Medici Family as Effective Rulers of Florence During Much of the Italian Renaissance)
Cosimo de' Medici
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Birthdate: April 10, 1389
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: August 1, 1464

One of the main patriarchs of the famed Medici family that ruled Florence, Italian banker Cosimo de' Medici was one of the richest men of his time. Medici was also a great patron of art and architecture. He also arranged a search for ancient manuscripts and opened a public library.

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Silvio Berlusconi
(Former Prime Minister of Italy)
Silvio Berlusconi
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Birthdate: September 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milan
Media mogul Silvio Berlusconi served as the Italian prime minister for 9 years. Owner of the media groups Mediaset and Fininvest, and former owner of A.C. Milan, he also launched the first Italian private TV channel, Telemilano. Despite a conviction for tax fraud, he became a European Parliament MP later.
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Mario Draghi
(Economist, Banker, University teacher)
Mario Draghi
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Birthdate: September 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome

The son of a banker father, Italian economist Mario Draghi initially served as the president of the European Central Bank and the Bank of Italy governor, and is the current prime minister of Italy. The media named him Super Mario for efficiently handling the Eurozone debt crisis.

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Chiara Ferragni
(Italian Businesswoman, Fashion Designer and Founder of Fashion Blog ‘The Blonde Salad’)
Chiara Ferragni
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Birthdate: 1987 AD
Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
While studying law in Milan, Chiara Ferragni discovered her love for fashion and started The Blonde Salad, her fashion blog. She dropped out of university, only to be featured on Forbes 30 under 30, as a top fashion influencer. She has also been the subject of a Harvard case study.
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Ferruccio Lamborghini
(Founder of Automobili Lamborghini)
Ferruccio Lamborghini
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Birthdate: April 28, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Renazzo di Cento, Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Died: February 20, 1993

Born to a farmer, Ferruccio Lamborghini started fiddling with his father’s tractors and was soon able to make full tractors out of scratch. He gradually created an auto empire named after him that is world-renowned for its luxury sports cars and SUVs. He retired to devote himself to winemaking later.

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Santo Versace
(Businessman)
Santo Versace
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Birthdate: December 16, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reggio Calabria

Santo Versace is an Italian businessman and politician. He is the president and co-CEO of Gianni Versace SpA, a luxury fashion company. He is also a shareholder of Viola Reggio Calabria Basketball. As a politician, he is a member of the Alliance for Italy political party. Previously, he was a member of The People of Freedom group. 

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Maurizio Gucci
(Former Head of 'Gucci' Fashion House Who was Assassinated by a Hitman Hired by His Former Wife)
Maurizio Gucci
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Birthdate: September 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: March 27, 1995

Maurizio Gucci was an Italian businessman. The grandson of Guccio Gucci, Maurizio served as the chairman of the Gucci group in the early-1990s. At the age of 46, Maurizio was shot dead by a hitman hired by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani. The murder inspired Sara Forden's book The House of Gucci, which has been adapted into a biographical crime film.

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Allegra Versace
(Italian Heiress, Director of ‘Gianni Versace S.p.A.’ and Daughter of Fashion Designer Donatella Versace )
Allegra Versace
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Birthdate: June 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Italian-American socialite Allegra Versace is the heiress of the international fashion line Versace. Daughter of designer Donatella Versace and model Paul Beck, Allegra has previously worked as a theatrical dresser and is the director of Gianni Versace S.p.A. She has had a long battle with anorexia.
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Simonetta Stefanelli
(Best Known for Her Role of 'Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone' in the Film 'The Godfather')
Simonetta Stefanelli
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Birthdate: November 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Simonetta Stefanelli is an Italian fashion designer, entrepreneur, and former actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone in the popular crime film, The Godfather. After retiring from acting in 1992, Simonetta Stefanelli became an entrepreneur. She owns a fashion store called Simo Bloom, where she designs shoes and purses.

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Aldo Gucci
(Businessman, Fashion designer)
Aldo Gucci
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Birthdate: May 26, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Died: January 19, 1990
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Flavio Briatore
(Italian Businessman Best Known for His Involvement in the 'Benetton' Fashion House)
Flavio Briatore
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Birthdate: April 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Verzuolo, Piedmont, Italy

Flavio Briatore is an Italian businessman with a controversial career. In the 1980s, he was convicted of several fraud charges that were later extinguished. He launched many successful Benetton franchises while living as a fugitive. He has a diverse portfolio of business interests and is the founder of the Billionaire Nightclub brand. He was once engaged to supermodel Naomi Campbell. 

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John Elkann
(Italian-American Industrialist & Chairman of Ferrari)
John Elkann
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Birthdate: April 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Heir to the Agnelli auto empire, John Elkann is also the CEO of Ferrari and the chairman of Stellantis, formed by the merger of Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot. A polyglot, he speaks four languages. A yacht enthusiast, too, he has aced races such as the Transpac Race and the Cape2Rio.
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Giorgio Armani
(Italian Fashion Designer)
Giorgio Armani
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Birthdate: July 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Piacenza, Italy
Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani initially worked for Cerruti and others such as Allegri and Hilton. He founded his menswear fashion brand Armani in 1975 and later diversified into sport, hospitality, and music. He is known for designing red-carpet looks and won the CFDA International Award in 1983.
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Valentino
(Italian Fashion Designer Known for Garments in His Trademark 'Valentino Red')
Valentino
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Birthdate: May 11, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Voghera, Italy

Valentino is an Italian fashion designer. He is credited with founding the popular luxury fashion house Valentino S.p.A. A prominent and influential fashion designer, Valentino has received several prestigious awards throughout his career. He is the recipient of the Couture Council Award and the Golden Plate Award. 

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Piero Ferrari
(Entrepreneur, Engineer)
Piero Ferrari
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Birthdate: May 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Castelvetro di Modena
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Gianni Infantino
(Swiss-Italian Football Administrator and the 9th President of FIFA )
Gianni Infantino
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Birthdate: March 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brig, Switzerland

Gianni Infantino is a Swiss-Italian football administrator, currently serving as the president of FIFA. He studied law at the University of Fribourg and worked as the secretary-general of the International Center for Sports Studies (CIES). He later began working with the UEFA and FIFA. He was implicated in a FIFA corruption scandal in 2016. 

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Antonio Carluccio
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Birthdate: April 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vietri sul Mare, Salerno, Campania, Italy
Died: November 18, 2017
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Stefano Pessina
(engineer, entrepreneur, businessperson)
Stefano Pessina
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Birthdate: June 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pescara
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Andrea Radrizzani
(Businessperson)
Andrea Radrizzani
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Birthdate: September 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rho, Lombardy Rho, Milan, Italy
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Gianni Agnelli
(Industrialist and principal shareholder of Fiat)
Gianni Agnelli
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Birthdate: March 12, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: January 24, 2003
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Sergio Marchionne
(Businessman Known for His Turnarounds of the Automakers 'Fiat' and 'Chrysler')
Sergio Marchionne
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Birthdate: June 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
Died: July 25, 2018
Italian-Canadian businessman Sergio Marchionne turned around the fortune of Fiat as its CEO. A qualified lawyer, he initially worked as a tax consultant. Throughout his illustrious career, he had led companies such as Lawson Mardon, Algroup, and Chrysler Group. He was mostly found in his trademark black sweater.
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Giorgetto Giugiaro
(Automobile Designer)
Giorgetto Giugiaro
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Birthdate: August 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Garessio, Piedmont, Italy
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Domenico Dolce
(One of the World's Most Influential Fashion Designers and an Industry Icon)
Domenico Dolce
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Birthdate: August 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Polizzi Generosa, Italy

Domenico Dolce, part of the world-renowned fashion designer duo Dolce & Gabbana, was born into a family of Italian tailors. Dolce dropped out of fashion school to venture into independent work. He and his partner, Stefano Gabbana, whom he had met at a nightclub, were previously in an open relationship.

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Stefano Casiraghi
(Businessperson, Socialite)
Stefano Casiraghi
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Birthdate: September 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Como
Died: October 3, 1990
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Lapo Elkann
(Entrepreneur)
Lapo Elkann
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Birthdate: October 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
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Stefano Gabbana
(Fashion designer)
Stefano Gabbana
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Birthdate: November 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Stefano Gabbana is an Italian fashion designer. He is credited with co-founding the popular luxury fashion house, Dolce & Gabbana, along with another important fashion designer Domenico Dolce. Over the years, Dolce and Gabbana have been honored with several awards for their contributions to fashion. In 1991, they were honored with the prestigious International Woolmark Prize.

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Massimo Bottura
(Restaurateur)
Massimo Bottura
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Birthdate: September 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
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Miuccia Prada
(Italian Billionaire Fashion Designer and Co-CEO and Head Designer of 'Prada')
Miuccia Prada
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Birthdate: May 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Miuccia Prada is an Italian businesswoman and fashion designer. The granddaughter of Mario Prada, Miuccia is the head designer of the popular luxury fashion house Prada, which was founded by Mario Prada. Miuccia Prada is credited with founding Prada's subsidiary, Miu Miu. In 2014, Miuccia Prada was ranked 75th in Forbes magazine's most powerful woman in the world list.

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Roberto Calvi
(Former banker, dubbed "God's Banker")
Roberto Calvi
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Birthdate: April 13, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: June 17, 1982
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Horacio Pagani
(Businessman, Engineer)
Horacio Pagani
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Birthdate: November 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Casilda, Argentina
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Emilio Pucci
(Italian Fashion Designer Known for His Kaleidoscopic Colors and Geometric Prints)
Emilio Pucci
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Birthdate: November 20, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: November 29, 1992

Emilio Pucci was an Italian fashion designer turned politician. He is best remembered for his style of creating geometric prints in a kaleidoscope of colors. He served as a pilot during World War II and became a fashion designer after the war. He also ventured into politics but didn’t enjoy much success in his political career. 

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Barbara Berlusconi
(Business executive)
Barbara Berlusconi
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Birthdate: July 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arlesheim, Switzerland

Barbara Berlusconi is the daughter of popular Italian politician and media tycoon, Silvio Berlusconi. A business executive, Barbara Berlusconi serves as an important member of the advisory board of Fininvest SpA. She also played an important managerial role at A.C. Milan in 2011.

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Michele Ferrero
(Entrepreneur)
Michele Ferrero
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Birthdate: April 26, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dogliani, Piedmont, Kingdom of Italy Italy
Died: February 14, 2015
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Francesco de' Pazzi
(Banker, Murderer)
Francesco de' Pazzi
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Birthdate: January 28, 1444
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: April 26, 1478
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Aurelio De Laurentiis
(Film producer)
Aurelio De Laurentiis
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Birthdate: May 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome
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Massimo Cellino
(entrepreneur, businessperson)
Massimo Cellino
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Birthdate: July 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cagliari
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Jacopo de' Pazzi
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Birthdate: 1423 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: April 30, 1478
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Franco Moschino
(Italian Fashion Designer Best Known as the Founder of the Italian Fashion House 'Moschino')
Franco Moschino
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Birthdate: February 27, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abbiategrasso, Italy
Died: September 18, 1994

Franco Moschino was an Italian fashion designer. Interested in fine arts from a young age, he became an illustrator for designer Gianni Versace and also worked as a freelance fashion illustrator. He later launched his own fashion house, Moschino, which specialized in leather accessories, shoes, and luggage. He also designed lingerie, casual wear, and evening wear. 

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Caesar Cardini
(Restaurateur, Chef who is credited with creating Caesar salad at his Tijuana restaurant, Caesar's)
Caesar Cardini
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Birthdate: February 24, 1896
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baveno, Italy
Died: November 3, 1956
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Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
(Economist, Politician, Banker)
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
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Birthdate: December 9, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Livorno
Died: September 16, 2016

Former Italian president and prime minister Carlo Azeglio Ciampi had a major role in introducing Italy to the euro. He had been the governor of the Bank of Italy for 14 years and had held several portfolios, including the ministry of treasury. He was also a World War II veteran.

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Massimo Moratti
(Association football player, Entrepreneur, Businessperson)
Massimo Moratti
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Birthdate: May 16, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bosco Chiesanuova
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Renzo Rosso
(Founder of the Diesel Brand)
Renzo Rosso
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Birthdate: September 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brugine, Italy
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Maurizio D'Ancora
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Birthdate: July 16, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: May 15, 1983
Lorenzo Borghese
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Birthdate: June 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Milan
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Umberto Agnelli
(Former Senator of Italy)
Umberto Agnelli
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Birthdate: November 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: May 27, 2004
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Princess Claire of Luxembourg
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Birthdate: March 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Filderstadt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Princess Claire of Luxembourg is the wife of Prince Félix of Luxembourg and a member of the popular Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg. An influential person, Claire is currently third in the line of succession to the crown of Luxembourg. Over the years, she has also been part of many humanitarian projects, visiting places like Tiruppur in India.