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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Famous As: Fashion designer
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. 

 3 Allegra Versace

Allegra Versace
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Famous As: Heiress & Socialite
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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 4 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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 5 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.

 6 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.

 7 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.
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 8 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.

 9 Chiara Ferragni

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

 10 Lidia Bastianich

Lidia Bastianich
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: February 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pula, Croatia

Lidia Bastianich is an Italian-American television host, celebrity chef, restaurateur, and author. She owns many restaurants in the US, including one in Manhattan. Bastianich is the recipient of several awards and honors, including a couple of Lifetime Achievement Awards. Also a philanthropist, Lidia Bastianich supports various non-profit organizations, such as the Columbus Citizens Foundation, which aims at promoting Italian-American heritage.

 11 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.

 12 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. 

 13 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.

 14 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. 

 15 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.

 16 Simonetta Stefanelli

Simonetta Stefanelli
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Famous As: Businessperson, Fashion designer
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.

 17 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.

 18 Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani
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Famous As: Fashion designer
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.

 19 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.

 20 Aldo Gucci

Aldo Gucci
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Famous As: Businessman, Fashion designer
Birthdate: May 26, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Died: January 19, 1990

 21 Piero Ferrari

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

 22 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. 

 23 Gianni Infantino

Gianni Infantino
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Famous As: 9th President of FIFA
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. 

 24 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

 25 Stefano Pessina

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

 26 Andrea Radrizzani

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

 27 Gianni Agnelli

Gianni Agnelli
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Famous As: Industrialist and principal shareholder of Fiat
Birthdate: March 12, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: January 24, 2003

 28 Sergio Marchionne

Sergio Marchionne
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Famous As: Businessperson
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.

 29 Giorgetto Giugiaro

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

 30 Domenico Dolce

Domenico Dolce
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Famous As: Fashion designer
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.

 31 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.

 32 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

 33 Massimo Bottura

Massimo Bottura
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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: September 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Modena, Italy

 34 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.

 35 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.

 36 Miuccia Prada

Miuccia Prada
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Famous As: Co-CEO and head designer, Prada
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.

 37 Roberto Calvi

Roberto Calvi
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Famous As: Former banker, dubbed "God's Banker"
Birthdate: April 13, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: June 17, 1982

 38 Horacio Pagani

Horacio Pagani
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Famous As: Businessman, Engineer
Birthdate: November 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Casilda, Argentina

 39 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.

 40 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

 41 Massimo Cellino

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

 42 Aurelio De Laurentiis

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

 43 Jacopo de' Pazzi

Jacopo de' Pazzi
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Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: 1423 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: April 30, 1478

 44 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

 45 Caesar Cardini

Caesar Cardini
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Famous As: Restaurateur, Chef who is credited with creating Caesar salad at his Tijuana restaurant, Caesar's
Birthdate: February 24, 1896
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baveno, Italy
Died: November 3, 1956

 46 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.

 47 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. 

 48 Renzo Rosso

Renzo Rosso
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Famous As: Founder of the Diesel Brand
Birthdate: September 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brugine, Italy

 49 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

 50 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.