Flavio Briatore
Italian businessman
Flavio Briatore
Flavio Briatore is an Italian businessman. He started his career as a restaurant manager and insurance salesman in Italy. Briatore was convicted in Italy on several fraud charges in the 1980s, though the convictions were successively extinguished by an amnesty. Briatore set up a number of successful Benetton franchises as a fugitive in the Virgin Islands and the United States.
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Cost of Brexit would outweigh the benefits, says credit ratings agency Moody's - Politics live
Guardian (UK) - almost 1 year
Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including David Cameron’s statement to the Commons about his EU renegotiation deal Liam Fox hints he might run for Tory leadership again No 10 rules out 2nd referendum after possible Brexit vote Pound falls in value after Johnson backs Brexit Cost of Brexit would outweigh benefits, says Moody’s 12.25pm GMT Boris Johnson’s break with Cameron garnered headlines in Italy, where the London mayor and “consummate politician” was dubbed “Mr No” by La Stampa, with one columnist suggesting Johnson’s move was a personal political calculation. The move was described as a “stab in the back” against Cameron. The front of Italy’s main daily, Corriere della Sera, included a big photograph of Johnson pulling on a rope in a tug-of-war stance. The paper interviewed one Italian businessman and former longtime resident of London, Flavio Briatore, who said it was clear that Brits would vote to leave the EU and that London ...
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Formula 1 - Renault must revive 'dying' F1 sooner: Briatore
Yahoo News - about 1 year
- Former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore has called on the French outfit to be ready to make an immediate impact on the "dying" sport when they return to Formula One in 2016. Renault have rebought Lotus F1 in preparation for making their re-entry in time for the 2016 world championship, hoping to be successful within three years. "Three years is too long, Formula One is dying and Renault needs to be competitive before then," said Briatore.
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Matteo Renzi e Flavio Briatore a pranzo: il manager "Lo voterei al 100%"
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Pranzo insieme per Matteo Renzi e Flavio Briatore. I due hanno mangiato pesce in un noto ristorante di Firenze venerdì scorso, come riporta il Corriere Fiorentino: Che ci facevano a pranzo insieme Matteo Renzi e Flavio Briatore? Venerdì, a Firenze, il (post) Rottamatore e il manager bon viveur hanno chiacchierato a lungo, gustando pesce in un noto ristorante della città. I due pare non si conoscessero di persona: a organizzare l’incontro ci ha pensato Lucio Presta (anche lui a tavola), manager di Roberto Benigni, in ottimi rapporti con Renzi, che anche quest’estate (dal 20 luglio al 6 agosto) ospiterà il comico toscano in piazza Santa Croce, dove tornerà a cantare la Divina Commedia. More...
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Billionaire, accordo con il fondo Bay Capital di Singapore. I club di Flavio Briatore si espandono in tutto il mondo
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Da buon twitter-dipendente la notizia l’ha data con un cinguettìo: “notizie importanti su Billionaire”. E in allegato un comunicato in inglese: Flavio Briatore ha firmato un accordo con la Far East Leisure controllata dal fondo di investimento Bay Capital di Singapore. L’obiettivo è quello di creare un “network” di club Billionaire in punti strategici in tutto il mondo e rafforzare i resort e locali già esistenti. Il fondo asiatico ha dunque acquistato la maggioranza delle attività del marchio compreso lo storico Billionaire in Sardegna, più quelli a Istanbul, Bodrum, Monte Carlo e il Twiga Beach al Forte dei Marmi, in Versilia. Nei piani di Bay Capital c’è anche un rafforzamento in Medio Oriente e in Asia con nuovi club da aprire a Dubai e a Singapore dove avrà anche sede la nuova società frutto dell’accordo. “Lavoreremo insieme per aprire nuovi club in Asia”, commenta nel comunicato che non fa accenno a quanto ha incassato dall’operazione. Ovvero al prezzo dell’accordo. Ecconotiz ...
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Leni Samuel Is Her Mom's Mini-Me
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Talk about great genes. Heidi Klum's daughter Leni Samuel -- who was legally adopted by Klum's ex Seal in 2009 -- really is her mini-me. The 8-year-old beauty looked like the clone of her supermodel mama, showing off her best pout as she headed to gymnastics class in Culver City, Calif., yesterday (Jan. 27). Not only that -- Leni flaunted her growing gams, which she definitely inherited from Klum. (Her biological father is Italian businessman Flavio Briatore). Check out Heidi's little look-alike below:
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Heidi Klum's New Happy Family?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A new happy family? Model Heidi Klum stepped out with new beau (and bodyguard) Martin Kristen Sunday with kids Leni, Lou, Henry and Johan in tow. The family were making their way to a museum when this photograph was shot. After ex-husband Seal made vitriolic comments about her dating "the help," Klum, 39, admitted to dating Kristen, her bodyguard of more than four years. "I’ve known him for four years and he’s been with our family for the last four years," Klum told Katie Couric in September. "He’s cared for our entire family, mostly for our four children, helped us tremendously... I trust him with my children’s life. He’s a great man, you know, and we just got to know each other from a completely different side." The model and "Project Runway" host split from Seal, 49, in January 2012, after seven years of marriage. The estranged couple are both wrestling for custody over their four children, with Klum seeking primary physical custody and Seal asking for joint physi ...
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Wonder What She Sees In Him? Billionaire Flavio Briatore Shows Off His Bikini Babe Wife
Radar Online - over 4 years
By Radar Staff We are guessing it isn’t just his sparkling personality that lands Flavio Briatore all the sexy ladies! The billionaire 62-year-old Formula One manager showed off his arm candy wife, Elisabetta Gregoraci, in Sardinia, Italy this week, who was flaunting her flawless figure in an itty-bitty bikini – and RadarOnline.com has the photos. PHOTOS: Flavio Briatore Shows Off Much Younger Bikini Babe Wife Briatore, who is the biological father of Heidi Klum’s daughter, Leni, and his 30-year-younger model wife, enjoyed their vacation on the island, kicking around a soccer ball in their swimsuits. The couple have been married four years and welcomed their first child together, a son, in March 2010. *** Unfortunately, due to experiencing unusually high levels of traffic we have had to temporarily suspend our comments function. We will resume comments again as soon as possible. RELATED STORIES: Stunning Ashley Tisdale Celebrates 27th Birthday In Malibu Hilary D ...
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Got Wings? 10 Super Hot Victoria's Secret Models/Mothers
Business Insider - almost 5 years
Victoria's Secret angel, Alessandra Ambrosio, recently announced on her Twitter page that she had given birth to her second child; son Noah Phoenix. She is just one of many other VS Angels to successfully balance the difficulties of motherhood with a thriving modeling career. Since it's Mother's Day weekend, it seems only fitting to honor the 10 hottest Victoria's Secret models/mothers.  Happy Mother's Day! Doutzen Kroes has one son, Phyllon, with husband of 2 years, DJ Sunnery James. Adriana Lima married Serbian basketball player Marko Jaric in 2009. Nine months later they welcomed their first daughter, Valentina. It was recently announced that they are expecting their second child together. Heidi Klum has 4 children. She has one daughter with Formula One team's managing director, Flavio Briatore, and three children (2 boys and 1 girl) with singer Seal. See the rest of the story at Business Insider Please follow The Wire on Twitter and Facebook.
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Mittal 'came close to selling QPR stake' - Financial Times
Google News - over 5 years
Last month, Tony Fernandes, the Malaysian entrepreneur and founder of low-cost airline Air Asia, became the latest such investor, buying out the combined 66 per cent stake of Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One commercial supremo, and Flavio Briatore,
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Briatore to blame, not Schumacher - Herbert - INAUTONEWS
Google News - over 5 years
“It was Flavio (Briatore).” Herbert said it was Briatore, the former Benetton and Renault team boss banned from F1 in 2009 for involvement in the crashgate scandal, who orchestrated Schumacher's preferential treatment. “Whenever Michael asked Flavio if
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'My problem was not Michael, it was Flavio' - Hindustan Times
Google News - over 5 years
“It was Flavio (Briatore).” Herbert spoke of the difficulty in getting a little extra help from the former Benetton team principal, who is now infamous for asking Nelson Piquet to deliberately crash in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to help his Renault
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Coppola wins the battle of the Italian nuptials - Montreal Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
Petra's guests included Paris and Nicky Hilton, Flavio Briatore and both Fergies - the one from the Black Eyed Peas as hired help, and the one formerly married to Prince Andrew as a guest, with her daughters, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice
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Russian 'minigarchs' who fled Flavio Britatore's luxury bar without settling ... - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
The teenagers fled the exclusive bar run by former QPR owner Flavio Briatore on a luxury yacht. After a week-long police manhunt in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, the VIPs-only Billionaire bar revealed the group have been tracked down and paid up in full
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Russians dodge £75000 bill at Sardinia's Billionaire nightclub - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Guests at Sardinia's Billionaire nightclub – part-owned by Flavio Briatore – pay €900 for a bottle of Cristal, above. Photograph: Washington Post/Getty Images A Sardinian nightclub frequented by Silvio Berlusconi and famous for its high-spending
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Fernandes completes QPR takeover - BBC News
Google News - over 5 years
The 47-year-old has secured a 66% stake in the club, buying out previous majority shareholders Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone. Fernandes will work alongside the Mittal Family, who have retained their 33% stake. ... - -
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Dunga pursuing English club QPR to recover loan - Fox News
Google News - over 5 years
PR has been owned since 2007 by Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone and steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, the wealthiest person in Britain, while Former Renault F1 chief Flavio Briatore was also part of the ownership group until last year
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Rangers are back! Queens Park Rangers return to the Premier League - The Periscope Post
Google News - over 5 years
Italian playboy Flavio Briatore and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone saw a business opportunity. They saw a down-at-heel club not that far from the King's Road and figured they could have a bit of fun with it, build a brand in their image
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Tony Fernandes will wait for QPR takeover - Fulham Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
In exchange for the shares, the airline mogul and Lotus Formula I chief is however ready to sink £15million into the club – sold him by Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore. The pair currently control around 67 percent, with the final 20-odd percent
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Flavio Briatore
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 63
    On 12 June 2014 he said: "I do not like this new Formula One.
    More Details Hide Details It's not our Formula 1." "He pointed a finger at cars that "do not make a noise", drivers having to "save fuel" and "fake overtaking". He added: "It is no longer a sport of gladiators, it is a sport of accountants." Briatore has developed a diverse portfolio of business interests outside Formula 1, many of which revolve around fashion.
    On 20 March 2014 he said it was wrong to let the car manufacturers succeed in their push for the all-new regulations, featuring 'greener' engines that use less fuel. "They delegated the writing of rules to engineers who do not care about the fans or entertainment, If Formula One does not change again in the near future, then the audience will be lost.
    More Details Hide Details Look at the comments on the internet, in blogs, on Twitter – they did not like the Australian Grand Prix. It was an indecipherable and depressing show. This is unacceptable and now we have chaos" said Briatore.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 59
    It was announced that he had stepped down from the post effective 19 February 2010.
    More Details Hide Details When interviewed about the QPR experience at an Italian chat show he stated "I will never invest in a Football Club again, it's only ever a good idea if you're very rich and looking for ways to waste your money. In two years you'll be very poor and won't have that problem anymore" In a 1996 interview with Elle magazine, Briatore said, "When I go to my local and see the men in there, I think: There but for the grace of God go I. I see men locked to their mortgages, their cars, their jobs. These guys are stamped on, they're caged. The local paper, watching soaps on the telly, taking the dog for a walk... it's great for three days, but then I get panicky. I miss life in the fast lane."
    In 2010, the yacht was seized by officers investigating a tax fraud over its charter status and VAT on fuel.
    More Details Hide Details The Italian Supreme Court ruled that there were no issues with the seizure, though the yacht itself was released
    In 2010, a Turin court ordered Briatore rehabilitated, which by Italian Criminal Code results in the extinction "of any criminal effect of the conviction"
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  • 2009
    Age 58
    In 2009 Briatore allowed Seal to adopt his daughter and change her name to Helene Samuel.
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    The Football League board discussed the matter on 8 October 2009 and declared that they would be awaiting a response from Briatore to various questions before commenting further.
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    On 16 September 2009, Briatore was forced to resign from the ING Renault F1 team due to his involvement in race fixing at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
    More Details Hide Details After the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) conducted its own investigation, Briatore was banned indefinitely from any events sanctioned by the FIA, although this ban was later overturned by a French Tribunal de Grande Instance. Briatore was born in Verzuolo near Cuneo, Italy, in the Maritime Alps, to a family of elementary school teachers. After twice failing public (state) school, he attended a private (independent) school, receiving a diploma with the lowest grades in Land Surveying at Fassino di Busca high school. Briatore found early work as a ski instructor and restaurant manager. He opened a restaurant named Tribüla, which was Briatore's nickname. The restaurant was unsuccessful and had to close due to excessive debt. Then he worked as a door-to-door insurance salesman. In the 1970s, he moved to Cuneo and became an assistant to businessman Attilio Dutto, owner of the Paramatti Vernici paint company.
    At the time, Piquet Jr. described the crash as a simple mistake; however, shortly after his acrimonious departure from Renault and criticism of Briatore nearly a year later in August 2009, allegations surfaced that he had deliberately crashed to help Renault team mate Fernando Alonso, who went on to win the race.
    More Details Hide Details After a Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) investigation, on 4 September 2009 Renault were charged with conspiracy and race fixing, and were due to face the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris on 21 September 2009. In return for immunity from punishment, Piquet Jr. had reportedly stated to the FIA that he had been asked to crash by Briatore and Renault chief engineer Pat Symonds. On 11 September, following leaks of Piquet Jr.'s evidence, Renault and Briatore stated they would take legal action against Piquet, Jr. for making false allegations; however, five days later, Renault announced they would not contest the charges, and that Briatore and Symonds had left the team. The day after the Renault announcement, Renault confirmed Briatore had resigned from the team, while Briatore himself stated of his departure that "I was just trying to save the team", "It's my duty. That's the reason I've finished." The team issued the following official statement:
    In August 2009, Briatore was heavily criticised by Nelson Piquet, Jr., the son of three-time F1 champion Nelson Piquet, after Piquet Jr. was removed from the Renault team.
    More Details Hide Details On his personal website, Piquet Jr. called Briatore his "executioner". In an interview with Autosport magazine, Piquet Jr. said that Briatore "is ignorant about Formula 1." Piquet Jr. criticised Briatore for his ego and for his poor sense of race tactics.
  • 2008
    Age 57
    Briatore resigned as team principal of Renault due to a race fixing scandal. The controversy centred on an early crash involving Nelson Piquet, Jr.'s car during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix of 28 September 2008, when he was still driving for Renault.
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    Briatore married the 'Wonderbra' model Elisabetta Gregoraci on 14 June 2008. The driver of the bridal car was Fernando Alonso. After the ceremony, Alonso drove the newlyweds to the reception at the Castello di Torcrescenza in Rome. Gregoraci gave birth to their son Falco Nathan in Nice, France in 2010.
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  • 2007
    Age 56
    Briatore replaced Alonso with Kovalainen for 2007, saying: "With Kovalainen, I hope to find the anti-Alonso". Allegations were made during November 2007 by the FIA against the Renault F1 team regarding information they were found to have in their possession concerning the 2006 and 2007 McLaren F1 cars. These allegations were the subject of an FIA investigation, with an FIA hearing taking place on 6 December 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Renault were found guilty of breaching the same regulation as McLaren (see F1 espionage scandal), but were not punished. Despite this guilty verdict, Briatore hit back at McLaren's Ron Dennis, saying: "Here is a team that acquired an advantage illegally. Just read the regulations: for intellectual property theft the punishment is exclusion... Ron Dennis… was the one who protested us on the mass damper. He is not the immaculate saint he pretends to be on his statements."
    In December 2007, Briatore and Ecclestone were joined as co-owners of QPR by multi-billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, who bought 20% of the club.
    More Details Hide Details Following Briatore's ban from FIA, the Football League requested that FIA provide details of its investigation. The Football League could force Briatore out of QPR under rules that stipulate a club owner must be a "fit and proper person". The Football League also has the power to ban owners who have been banned from another sporting organisation.
    On 7 November 2007, Briatore completed his takeover of QPR together with Ecclestone.
    More Details Hide Details He served as the club's chairman.
    On 1 September 2007 it was officially announced that Briatore (along with Bernie Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal) had bought the club.
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    In 2007 Briatore was linked to a takeover of English Championship football club Queens Park Rangers (QPR) from a Monaco-based consortium led by Gianni Paladini.
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    In 2007 he even went so far as to suggest that Grands Prix be split into two separate races as in the GP2 series.
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  • 2006
    Age 55
    Briatore was duly confirmed on 6 September 2006 as staying at Renault for the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
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    In April 2006, Renault F1's new president Alain Dassas stated that having a contract with Briatore for 2007 was 'a key factor' in securing the company's commitment to the sport; 'and we will do everything to ensure Flavio stays.'
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  • 2004
    Age 53
    Briatore also acts as manager for Mark Webber and formerly managed Jarno Trulli, Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Heikki Kovalainen. Despite winning the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix, Trulli was dropped from Renault by Briatore and replaced by Giancarlo Fisichella.
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  • 2003
    Age 52
    In March 2003, Briatore began dating supermodel Heidi Klum. In December she announced her pregnancy. Soon after, the two split and Klum began dating the musician Seal. Klum gave birth to Helene (Leni) Klum in May 2004 in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details According to Klum, Briatore is not involved in Leni's life; she has stated emphatically that "Seal is Leni's father".
    For 2003, Briatore fired race-driver Jenson Button and replaced him with Alonso. When he replaced Button the outcry was huge, but Briatore stated, 'Time will tell if I am wrong.' With Alonso, Renault won both the driver's and constructor's championships in 2005 and 2006.
    More Details Hide Details However, Alonso turned his back on Briatore to sign for rivals McLaren for 2007.
  • 2001
    Age 50
    As his manager, Briatore secured him a race drive with Minardi in 2001, and promoted him to test-driver for Renault in 2002.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 48
    Briatore has a reputation as a talent-scout, and probably his greatest 'find' has been Fernando Alonso. Briatore met with the teenage Spaniard in 1999.
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    From to, he led the company Supertec, supplying Mecachrome-built Renault engines to Williams and BAR in 1999, Arrows in 2000, and under the brand name "Playlife" for Benetton in both 1999 and 2000.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, Renault announced its plans to return to Formula One with the purchase of the Benetton Formula team. Briatore returned as managing director and team principal, replacing Rocco Benetton. The team raced as Benetton-Renault in 2001 before becoming Renault F1 in 2002.
    In 1999, the Corriere della Sera wrongfully reported that he had been arrested in Nairobi on suspicion of fraud relating to real estate in Kenya, but further to a libel claim brought by Briatore against the newspaper, this allegation proved to be untrue and Briatore was compensated.
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  • 1995
    Age 44
    The Benetton team won the World Constructors' Championship in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details During the season, Briatore's Benetton team came under allegations of cheating, resulting in fines and a two-race ban for Schumacher. Late in, Briatore purchased the ailing Ligier team thereby acquiring its Renault engine supply. He passed operational management of Ligier to Tom Walkinshaw and took on complete management of Benetton. When Schumacher and a number of key technical staffers departed for Ferrari in, the Benetton team slipped to the middle of the grid. Briatore purchased a share of the Minardi team in, but after failing to sell it to British American Tobacco as he had hoped, he sold out to fellow owners Giancarlo Minardi and Gabriele Rumi. In, Benetton replaced Briatore with David Richards.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 35
    In 1986, in Milan, Briatore was sentenced to 3 years for fraud and conspiracy for his role in a team of confidence tricksters who, over a number of years, set up rigged gambling games using fake playing cards.
    More Details Hide Details The judges described these as elaborate confidence tricks, in which victims were invited to dinner and then "ensnared" in rigged games that involved a cast of fictional characters and realised enormous profits for their perpetrators. After an appeal in 1987, the sentence was reduced to 1 year and 2 months. To avoid imprisonment, Briatore lived in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands. He never went to prison and returned to the EU after both convictions were extinguished by amnesty.
  • 1984
    Age 33
    In 1984, a court in Bergamo found Briatore guilty of various counts of fraud and he was fined and sentenced to 1 year and 6 months in prison.
    More Details Hide Details The sentence was subsequently reduced to 1 year by a court of appeal in 1988.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 28
    Dutto was killed on 21 March 1979 in a car bomb attack by an unknown perpetrator.
    More Details Hide Details Briatore moved to Milan and worked for Finanziaria Generale Italia at the Italian stock exchange. During this period, he met Luciano Benetton, founder of the Benetton clothing company. He was convicted of multiple counts of fraud in the 1980s, receiving two prison sentences.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Born
    Born on April 12, 1950.
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