Famous Italian Business Women

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 1 Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace
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. 

 2 Chiara Ferragni

Chiara Ferragni
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.

 3 Simonetta Stefanelli

Simonetta Stefanelli
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.

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 4 Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo
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.

 5 Giuliana Rancic

Giuliana Rancic
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.

 6 Miuccia Prada

Miuccia Prada
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.

 7 Barbara Berlusconi

Barbara Berlusconi
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.

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 8 Princess Claire of Luxembourg

Princess Claire of Luxembourg
Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: March 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Filderstadt, Baden-W├╝rttemberg, 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.

 9 Luisa Spagnoli

Luisa Spagnoli
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.

 10 Marina Berlusconi

Marina Berlusconi
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.

 11 Carla Sozzani

Carla Sozzani
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.

 12 Nina Menegatto

Nina Menegatto
Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: November 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kempten, Germany

Nina Menegatto is a businesswoman who currently serves as the Princess of Seborga. Since 2019, she has been reigning over a micronation known as the Principality of Seborga. The former wife of the previous head of state Marcello Menegatto, Nina is the first woman to serve in this position.

 13 Letizia Battaglia

Letizia Battaglia
Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: March 5, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Palermo

Letizia Battaglia is an Italian photojournalist and photographer whose photos depict a wide range of Sicilian life. Battaglia is renowned for her influential work on the Sicilian Mafia. Her life and career inspired a 2019 documentary titled Shooting the Mafia. Over the course of her career, Letizia Battaglia has been honored with several awards like Dr. Erich Salomon Award.

 14 Susanna Agnelli

Susanna Agnelli
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 24, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: May 15, 2009

Susanna Agnelli was an Italian businesswoman, politician, and writer. Agnelli is best remembered as the first woman to serve as the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, a position which she served from 1995 to 1996. Susanna Agnelli is also remembered for her bestselling autobiography titled We always wore sailor suits.

 15 Letizia Moratti

Letizia Moratti
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Letizia Moratti is an Italian politician and businesswoman who served as the president of RAI from 1994 to 1996. From 2001 to 2006, she served as the Italian Minister of Public Education. From 2006 to 2011, Moratti was the mayor of Milan.

 16 Jessica Rizzo

Jessica Rizzo
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.

 17 Edy Vessel

Edy Vessel
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Trieste, Italy

Edy Vessel is an Italian businesswoman and actress who has appeared in films like Guardatele ma non toccatele (1959), The Passionate Thief (1960), and Seven Seas to Calais (1962). Edy Vessel is also famous for her relationship and subsequent marriage with businessman Camillo Crociani.

 18 Norina Matchabelli

Norina Matchabelli
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 3, 1880
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: June 15, 1957

Norina Matchabelli was an Italian actress and publisher best remembered for playing important roles in films like The Miracle. She is also remembered for co-founding the popular perfume company Prince Matchabelli. Later in her life, Norina Matchabelli became a devotee of Indian spiritual master Meher Baba and helped found the Meher Spiritual Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA.

 19 Cecilia Danieli

Cecilia Danieli
Famous As: Italian industrialist
Birthdate: July 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Udine, Italy
Died: June 17, 1999

Better known as Italy’s Iron Lady, Cecilia Danieli, was the daughter of steel tycoon Luigi Danieli. She not just took over her family’s business, Danieli Steel, but also transformed it into a conglomerate that built ties with the Middle East and the Soviet Union. She eventually succumbed to cancer.