Birthday: December 16, 1944
Age: 76 Years, 76 Year Old Males
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Also Known As: Santo Domenico Versace
Born in: Reggio Calabria
Famous as: Businessman
Spouse/Ex-: Francesca de Stefano (m. 2014), Christiana Cavalli (m. 1981; div. 2004)
father: Antonio Versace
mother: Francesca Versace
siblings: Donatella Versace, Gianni Versace, Tina Versace
children: Antonio Versace, Francesca Versace, Ramona Versace
education: University of Messina
Who is Santo Versace?
Santo Domenico Versace is an Italian businessman and politician, who serves as the president and co-CEO of Milan-based Gianni Versace SpA, a luxury fashion company, founded by Gianni Versace, a renowned fashion designer and Santo’s brother. Santo Domenico Versace is, in fact, the business brain behind the company, supervising the major departments like communications, sales, distribution, production, and finance. After Gianni’s murder in 1997, Santo started playing an even more significant role in the company. He is an elected member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Republic in the constituency of Calabria, and also a member of the political party, Alliance for Italy. Earlier, he was a member of the party, The People of Freedom. The Italian actor Giovanni Cirfiera portrayed Santo in the anthology series, ‘American Crime Story’, in January 2018. He is an advocate of ‘Made in Italy’ products and actively promotes them. He also supports the need for Italy to uphold its traditions of textiles and fashion.
In 1968, after Santo Domenico Versace graduated from the university, he joined Credito Italiano in Reggio Calabria as a banker. Later he joined a high school as a teacher of economics and geography. In 1972, after he completed his military service, he opened his own accounting office in Reggio Calabria and Milan. In 1976, he moved to Milan, and joined his brother’s company, Gianni Versace SpA, as CEO, when it was founded in 1977. He is in-charge of several departments like sales, distribution, production and finance, and he helped the brand grow by focusing on communication, organization, productivity, and quality.
Meanwhile, in 1998, Santo was appointed President of the Italian Fashion Chamber, where he served for a year. In the same year, he became a shareholder of Viola Reggio Calabria Basketball.
After the death of Gianni, Santo took over 30 per cent of the company. His sister Donatella owns 20 per cent and her daughter Allegra Beck is now the top heir, as she inherited 50 per cent of the company when she turned 18.
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Santo Domenico Versace was born on December 16, 1944 in Reggio Calabria, Italy, to father Antonio and mother Francesca, who was a dressmaker and owned a boutique. He grew up with his younger brother Gianni and younger sister Donatella. He also had an elder sister, Tina, who died when she was 12, due to tetanus infection. When Santo was six, he started working with his father after school and continued to do so till he went to attend university. He graduated in 1968 from the University of Messina with a degree in economics.
He married Christiana Cavalli in 1981. They have two children, Francesca Christiana and Antonio Tina Santo. After 23 years of marriage, the couple divorced in 2004. Santo remarried lawyer Francesca de Stefano in 2014 and they have a daughter, Ramona Francesca.
Santo Versace was very shocked by his brother Gianni’s murder in 1997. Gianni was then 50. He was shot and killed on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by the serial killer Andrew Cunanan.
Santo serves as the Chairman of Operation Smile Italy Onlus, a global association that deals with children with facial deformities.