Famous Entrepreneurs From Italy

Find out more about the greatest Italian Entrepreneurs, including Silvio Berlusconi, Enzo Ferrari, Donatella Versace, Mario Draghi and Giuliana Rancic.

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 1 Marco Polo

Marco Polo
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 1254 AD
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: January 8, 1324

Marco Polo was a Venetian explorer, writer, and merchant. He explored Asia along the Silk Road and is credited with providing the Europeans with descriptions of the culture of the Eastern world, which remained unknown until his exploration. Polo's travel book inspired other travelers like Christopher Columbus. His writings also influenced European cartography, which led to the Fra Mauro map.

 2 Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace
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Birthdate: May 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reggio di 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. 

 3 Silvio Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Italy
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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 4 Enzo Ferrari

Enzo Ferrari
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Famous As: Italian racing driver
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.

 5 Cosimo de' Medici

Cosimo de' Medici
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Famous As: Banker
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.

 6 Chiara Ferragni

Chiara Ferragni
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Famous As: Fashion Blogger, Businesswoman
Birthdate: May 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cremona
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.

 7 Santo Versace

Santo Versace
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Famous As: Businessman
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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 8 Giuliana Rancic

Giuliana Rancic
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

Giuliana Rancic is an Italian-American television personality and entertainment reporter. Over the years, she has co-hosted several important events like the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. Also known for her good looks, Rancic was named in the 100 Most Beautiful people list by People magazine in 2006. In 2014, she won the Daytime Emmy Award under the Fan Favorite category.

 9 Flavio Briatore

Flavio Briatore
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Famous As: Businessman
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. 

 10 Ferruccio Lamborghini

Ferruccio Lamborghini
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Famous As: Founder of Automobili Lamborghini
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.

 11 Maurizio Gucci

Maurizio Gucci
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Famous As: Businessman
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.

 12 Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: February 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

Olivia Palermo is an American fashion influencer, socialite, model, entrepreneur, and television personality. Palermo made headlines in 2007 when she sued socialiterank.com for false news. As a model, Olivia Palermo has appeared on the cover of popular magazines like Cosmopolitan, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, and L'Officiel. Olivia Palermo has also been the face of brands like Banana Republic, Aerin, and Max&Co.

 13 Guccio Gucci

Guccio Gucci
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Famous As: Italian Businessman
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.

 14 Mario Draghi

Mario Draghi
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Famous As: Economist, Banker, University teacher
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.

 15 John Elkann

John Elkann
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Famous As: CEO of Exor
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.

 16 Piero Ferrari

Piero Ferrari
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer
Birthdate: May 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Castelvetro di Modena

 17 Valentino

Valentino
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
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. 

 18 Antonio Carluccio

Antonio Carluccio
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: April 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vietri sul Mare, Salerno, Campania, Italy
Died: November 18, 2017

 19 Stefano Pessina

Stefano Pessina
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Famous As: engineer, entrepreneur, businessperson
Birthdate: June 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pescara

 20 Giorgetto Giugiaro

Giorgetto Giugiaro
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Famous As: Automobile Designer
Birthdate: August 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Garessio, Piedmont, Italy

 21 Lapo Elkann

Lapo Elkann
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.

 22 Stefano Gabbana

Stefano Gabbana
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Famous As: Fashion designer
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.

 23 Ettore Boiardi

Ettore Boiardi
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Famous As: Chef, Restaurateur
Birthdate: October 22, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Piacenza, Italy
Died: June 21, 1985

Italian-American chef Ettore Boiardi is remembered for revolutionizing the culinary industry with his food brand Chef Boyardee, which made a variety of Italian food products, such as sauces and spaghetti, available to Americans for the first time. He even supplied food to the Allied soldiers during World War II.

 24 Andrea Radrizzani

Andrea Radrizzani
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: September 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rho, Lombardy Rho, Milan, Italy

 25 Barbara Berlusconi

Barbara Berlusconi
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Famous As: Business executive
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.

 26 Ernesto Bertarelli

Ernesto Bertarelli
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Ernesto Bertarelli is an Italian born-Swiss businessman who is counted amongst the richest men in the world.  A well-known philanthropist, Bertarelli is credited with establishing a foundation to promote research and development concerning female and male infertility. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Plymouth University.

 27 Roberto Calvi

Roberto Calvi
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: April 13, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milan
Died: June 18, 1982

 28 Stefano Casiraghi

Stefano Casiraghi
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Famous As: Businessperson, Socialite
Birthdate: September 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Como
Died: October 3, 1990

 29 Aurelio De Laurentiis

Aurelio De Laurentiis
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Famous As: Film producer
Birthdate: May 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome

 30 Michele Ferrero

Michele Ferrero
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 26, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dogliani, Piedmont, Kingdom of Italy Italy
Died: February 14, 2015

 31 Massimo Cellino

Massimo Cellino
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Famous As: entrepreneur, businessperson
Birthdate: July 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cagliari

 32 Massimo Moratti

Massimo Moratti
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Famous As: Association football player, Entrepreneur, Businessperson
Birthdate: May 16, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bosco Chiesanuova

 33 Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
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Famous As: Economist, Politician, Banker
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.

 34 Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci
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Famous As: Fashion designer
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. 

 35 Princess Claire of Luxembourg

Princess Claire of Luxembourg
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Famous As: Businessperson
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.

 36 Maurizio D'Ancora

Maurizio D'Ancora
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 16, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: May 15, 1983

 37 Licio Gelli

Licio Gelli
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Famous As: Journalist, Banker, Politician
Birthdate: April 21, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pistoia
Died: December 15, 2015

Licio Gelli was an Italian financier remembered for his involvement in the Banco Ambrosiano scandal. Gelli was one of the men responsible for the collapse of Banco Ambrosiano. Found guilty of fraud, he was sentenced to prison for 18 years and six months. Gelli focused on writing in his later years, earning a nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

 38 Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr.

Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr.
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Famous As: Businessperson, Real estate development
Birthdate: May 17, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Youngstown
Died: December 19, 1994

 39 Luisa Spagnoli

Luisa Spagnoli
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: October 30, 1877
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Perugia, Italy
Died: September 21, 1935

Luisa Spagnoli was an Italian businesswoman best remembered for creating the popular women's clothing and chocolate brand Perugina. Spagnoli's chocolate brand Baci Perugina became so famous that it was marketed in foreign countries, such as the United States of America.

 40 Lorenzo Borghese

Lorenzo Borghese
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Birthdate: June 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Milan

 41 Luciano Benetton

Luciano Benetton
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 13, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Treviso, Italy

 42 Maria De Filippi

Maria De Filippi
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: December 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Maria De Filippi is an Italian TV host who is often counted among the most popular presenters in Italian television. De Filippi currently runs the popular production company Fascino PGT, which was founded by her husband Maurizio Costanzo. Over the years, Maria De Filippi has won several Telegatto awards for her contribution to Italian television.

 43 Jessica Rizzo

Jessica Rizzo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fabriano, Italy

Jessica Rizzo is an Italian entrepreneur, stage and pornographic actress. After starting her career as a singer, Rizzo became a pornographic actress, often appearing alongside her husband Marco Toto. She then went on to become a leading pornographic actress. Jessica Rizzo is also credited with founding Jessica Rizzo Communications and launching her own line of perfume and lingerie.

 44 Michele Sindona

Michele Sindona
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: May 8, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Patti
Died: March 22, 1986

 45 Marina Berlusconi

Marina Berlusconi
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: August 10, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Marina Berlusconi is the eldest daughter of popular Italian politician and media tycoon, Silvio Berlusconi. A businesswoman, Marina Berlusconi serves as the chairwoman of Fininvest Holding. She also serves as the chairwoman of the biggest publishing company in Italy, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore. In 2007, she was ranked 33rd in the most powerful woman in the world list by Forbes magazine.

 46 Niccolò de' Conti

Niccolò de' Conti
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Famous As: Merchant
Birthdate: 1395 AD
Birthplace: Chioggia, Italy
Died: 1469 AD

 47 Titus Pomponius Atticus

Titus Pomponius Atticus
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 0110 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 31, 0032

 48 Sergio Rossi

Sergio Rossi
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Famous As: Shoe Designer
Birthdate: July 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Mauro Pascoli, Italy
Died: April 3, 2020

Sergio Rossi was an Italian shoe designer who founded the eponymous women’s footwear company. The son of a shoemaker, he learned the trade from his father and went on to open his own shop. His shoes and sandals became much popular and were endorsed by top fashion designers. His son, Gianvito Rossi, also has his own shoe collection.  

 49 Pietro Ferrero Jr.

Pietro Ferrero Jr.
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Famous As: CEO
Birthdate: September 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: April 18, 2011

 50 Carla Sozzani

Carla Sozzani
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Famous As: Gallerist
Birthdate: June 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mantua, Italy

Carla Sozzani is an Italian magazine and book editor, businesswoman, and gallerist. She is credited with creating the 10 Corso Como art establishment in Milan and founding Galleria Carla Sozzani. For many years, she also served as Italian Vogue's editor-in-chief, contributing immensely to the success of the magazine in Italy.