Gianni Agnelli

Italian Billionaire
Born 1921

Giovanni Agnelli, better known as Gianni Agnelli, was an Italian industrialist and principal shareholder of Fiat. As the head of Fiat, he controlled 4.4% of Italy's GDP, 3.1% of its industrial workforce, and 16.5% of its industrial investment in research. He was the richest man in modern Italian history. As a public figure, Agnelli was also known worldwide for his impeccable, slightly eccentric fashion sense, which has influenced both Italian and international men’s fashion.… Read More

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1921 Birth Born on March 12, 1921.


1940 19 Years Old Agnelli was educated at Pinerolo Cavalry Academy, and studied law at the University of Turin, although he never practiced law. He joined a tank regiment in June 1940 when Italy entered World War II on the side of the Axis powers. … Read More


1953 32 Years Old Prior to his marriage on 19 November 1953 to Donna Marella Caracciolo dei principi di Castagneto — a half-American, half-Neapolitan noblewoman who made a small but significant name as a fabric designer, and a bigger name as a tastemaker — Agnelli was a noted playboy whose mistresses included the socialite Pamela Harriman and even Jackie Kennedy.
1954 33 Years Old Their only son, Edoardo Agnelli, was born seven months after the couple's wedding, in New York City on 9 June 1954. … Read More


1966 45 Years Old Agnelli became president of Fiat in 1966. … Read More


1981 60 Years Old Agnelli's politics and the events at Fiat in the 1970s were the subject of Dario Fo's 1981 satirical play Trumpets and Raspberries.
1991 70 Years Old Agnelli was named senator for life in 1991 and subscribed to the independent parliamentary group; he was later named a member of the senate's defence commission. … Read More
1996 75 Years Old Agnelli stepped down in 1996, but stayed on as honorary chairman until his death.
1997 76 Years Old Giovanni Alberto Agnelli, the son of Gianni's younger brother, Umberto Agnelli, died of a rare form of cancer in 1997 at age 33 while he was being groomed by his uncle to head the Fiat Group. … Read More
2000 79 Years Old Edoardo — who seemed burdened by the mantle of his surname — committed suicide on 15 November 2000 by jumping off a bridge near Turin; Gianni himself joined police at the scene. … Read More
2002 81 Years Old His successor Sergio Marchionne was an expert of reorganisation who between 2002 and 2004 led the Swiss certification company Societé Générale de Surveillance (SGS).
Though Agnelli continued to be involved with other women during his marriage, including the film star Anita Ekberg and the American fashion designer Jackie Rogers, the Agnellis remained married until his death of prostate cancer in 2003. … Read More
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