Famous Italian CEOs

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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. 

 2 
Flavio Briatore
(Businessman)

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
(CEO of Exor)

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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 4 
Stefano Pessina
(engineer, entrepreneur, businessperson)

Stefano Pessina
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Birthdate: June 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pescara

 5 
Sergio Marchionne
(Businessperson)

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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Lapo Elkann
(Entrepreneur)

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

 7 
Domenico Dolce
(Fashion designer)

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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 8 
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

 9 
Stephan Winkelmann
(Chief executive officer and Businessperson)

Stephan Winkelmann
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Birthdate: October 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 10 
Luciano Benetton
(Businessman)

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

 11 
Marcel Bich
(Businessperson)

Marcel Bich
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Birthdate: July 29, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: May 30, 1994

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

 13 
Sergio Rossi
(Shoe Designer)

Sergio Rossi
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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.  

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Andrea Pininfarina
(Engineer, Ceo)

Andrea Pininfarina
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Birthdate: June 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: August 7, 2008

 15 
Andrew Heiskell
(Chairman and CEO)

Andrew Heiskell
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Birthdate: September 13, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: July 6, 2003

 16 
Raul Gardini
(Entrepreneur)

Raul Gardini
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Birthdate: June 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ravenna, Italy
Died: July 23, 1993

 17 
Flavio Cattaneo
(Executive)

Flavio Cattaneo
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Birthdate: June 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rho, Milan, Italy

 18 
Mauro Moretti
(Former CEO and general manager of Leonardo S.p.A. (formerly Finmeccanica, from May 2014 to May 2017)

Mauro Moretti
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Birthdate: October 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rimini, Italy

Alessandro Profumo
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Birthdate: February 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy