Gianni Agnelli
Italian billionaire
Gianni Agnelli
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.
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Fiat heir arrested in US for faking own kidnapping
Yahoo News - 3 months
One of the heirs to the Fiat automobile fortune, Lapo Elkann, has been arrested in New York for allegedly faking his own kidnapping, police said Tuesday, amid reports that he was trying to pay for a weekend of debauchery. According to several US media outlets, Elkann, the grandson of legendary Fiat founder Gianni Agnelli, tried to make his family believe he had been kidnapped when he ran out of money during a two-day bender of sex and drugs. Elkann was ordered to appear in a New York court in January for falsely reporting an incident before being released, police said, without confirming whether Elkann was found with a prostitute or whether drugs were involved.
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Gianni Agnelli, the Godfather of Style
Wall Street Journal - over 3 years
The Italian industrialist who ran Fiat during the jet-set age was one of the most stylish men of the 20th century. Many have copied his casually inventive look, but his elegance remains inimitable.
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Capitalism in India: Ratan Tata’s legacy
The Economist - about 4 years
IT IS easy to understand why Ratan Tata, who retires as chairman of Tata Sons on December 28th, is important. The conglomerate he runs is India’s largest private-sector concern, accounting for 7% of the stockmarket. It pays 3% of all India’s corporate tax and 5% of all its excise duty. You can live in a house, drive a car, make a phone call, season your food, insure yourself, wear a watch, walk in shoes, cool yourself with air-conditioning and stay in a hotel, all courtesy of Tata firms. Polite, elegant and reserved, Mr Tata has been the king of India’s corporate scene for the past two decades. Indians look up to him in much the same way that Italians once looked up to Gianni Agnelli at Fiat or Americans did to J.P. Morgan.In some ways, though, the reverence for Mr Tata is odd. He is not a geekish entrepreneur, like the high-tech wizards in Bangalore. He is an old-style dynast—the fifth generation to run his 144-year-old firm. He took time to grow into the job: when he took t ...
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Il suv mimetico di Lapo Elkann blocca i tram a Milano. Rischia il linciaggio - mentelocale.it
Google News - over 5 years
L'ultima trovata del nipote di Gianni Agnelli è stata quella di posteggiare il suo carrarmato (o meglio, un suv mimetico dalle misure da panzer tedesco) talmente vicino ai binari del tram da impedire il passaggio dei mezzi pubblici. Risultato?
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Serie A - Nuovo stadio Juve, Moggi non c'era - Yahoo! Eurosport Italia
Google News - over 5 years
Se l'avessero saputo Gianni Agnelli, l'avvocato Chiusano o Umberto Agnelli si sarebbero rivoltati nella tomba". "Voglio comunque ringraziare pubblicamente tutti i giocatori che sono stati sotto la mia gestione", chiosa. CLICCA I LINK SOTTO LA FOTO A
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AC Milan Hopes New Soccer Season Continues Like Last - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
Built on the outskirts of the city for the 1990 World Cup — and with the field built too far from the stands, with an eight-lane running track between field and fans — the stadium was damned by supporters, and even the club owner, Gianni Agnelli,
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Bella Donna! Italian Photo Exhibit Gives Insight Into Post War Italian Film ... - Huffington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
"He shot everyone from Gianni Agnelli to the pizza maker on the corner," Andrea told me. His grandfather passed on loads of stories from these shoots. One of the favorites and naughtiest is this one: Sophia Loren is shown resting in her trailer in Pisa
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'Explosive' Kennedy tapes to reveal all - Hindustan Times
Google News - over 5 years
According to ABC sources, the tapes will even reveal about Jacqueline's own affairs, one with Hollywood star William Holden and another with Fiat founder Gianni Agnelli. Jackie was convinced that her husband's successor was plotting to murder her
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Report: The Quail - Classic and Performance Car
Google News - over 5 years
The Ferrari was built in 1955 for Gianni Agnelli, later to become head of the Fiat empire, and widely credited with turning around the fortunes of the family-run firm. But in 1955, Gianni was living the playboy life while his grandfather looked after
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Cut from a different cloth - Financial Times
Google News - over 5 years
Alden believes that one of the things that distinguished the great dressers of the past – such as Fred Astaire, Gary Cooper and Gianni Agnelli – was the fabrics from which their clothes were made. They were heavier, draped better and carried richer
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Strände der Sixties im ORF - nachrichten.at
Google News - over 5 years
In einer der Hauptrollen: Gianni Agnelli, Playboy und legendärer Besitzer der Fiat-Werke, der gemeinsam mit Gemahlin Marella als Verkörperung der italienischen High Society gilt. Aber auch Brigitte Bardot bei den Dreharbeiten zu „Die Verachtung“,
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Bianca, Giovanni, Coco... Dans la famille Agnelli & Brandolini - Puretrend.com
Google News - over 5 years
Lors de l'alliance Fiat 500 et Gucci : Bianca Brandolini d'Adda, Franca Sozzani (rédactrice en chef de Vogue Italie) et Ginevra Elkann (petite fille de Gianni Agnelli) ont posé ensemble. Les familles italiennes sont souvent nombreuses, très nombreuses
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Capri: il Grand Hotel Quisisana compie 150 anni/Adnkronos (3) - La Repubblica Napoli.it
Google News - over 5 years
E ancora, Gianni Agnelli, Giulio Andreotti e Sting, un elenco pressoche' infinito. "Tra i piu' recenti ricordo anche gli Aerosmith, Jon Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart ei Duran Duran, Michael Caine, Helena Christensen, Jose' Carreras e Andrea Bocelli",
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Così il lupo Malaparte si prese Virginia Agnelli - il Giornale
Google News - over 5 years
Raccontano i biografi di Gianni Agnelli che «l'Avvocato» («Mi chiami pure così, è un nome d'arte» recita una delle sue migliori battute) nutrisse un vero e proprio odio nei confronti di Curzio Malaparte. È comprensibile
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La vera storia della Zhiguli - La Voce della Russia
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Anche per sfatare un luogo comune, perche' non sono in pochi a credere che un bel giorno arrivo' Gianni Agnelli a costruire la fabbrica di Togliattigrad mentre i russi stavano a guardare. A proposito la scelta' della locazione per uno dei massimi
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NEWS/Inter: Lo scudetto dell'orgoglio rimane all'Inter - Interistaweb.it
Google News - over 5 years
Si dovrà mettere l'animo in pace Lucianone e anche Andrea Agnelli, che lui nel 2006 con la Juventus non c'entrava ancora niente, non essendone presidente ma solo il nipote dell'avvocato Gianni Agnelli. Andrea, attuale presidente bianconero,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gianni Agnelli
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  • 2003
    Age 82
    Fiat-owned Scuderia Ferrari named their 2003 F1 contender the F2003-GA, in tribute to Agnelli.
    More Details Hide Details Agnelli’s fashion sense stood out, even in a country like Italy, where dressing well and fashionably is generally perceived as very important. His style has inspired and influenced menswear throughout the years in Italy and around the world. In his retirement speech, Milanese fashion designer Nino Cerruti named Agnelli as one of his biggest inspirations along with James Bond and John F. Kennedy. Esquire magazine named Agnelli as one of five best dressed men in the history of the World. Agnelli’s dress style was a combination of a foundation of classic suits, combined with eye-catching personal tricks. He had a large number of bespoke Caraceni suits, which were of very high quality and classic design, and yet had the signature Italian bravura. It was the accessories and the way they were worn that made Agnelli stand out as a fashionisto. He is known for wearing his wristwatch over his cuff, wearing his tie askew or wearing (fashionable) high brown hiking boots under a bespoke suit. All these tricks were carefully chosen in order to convey sprezzatura, the Italian art of making the difficult look easy. His outfits were scrupulously chosen to the last detail, yet the accessory choices appeared as errors, making it look as if he did not care or make an effort about the way he was dressed.
    Gianni Agnelli died in 2003 of prostate cancer at age 81 in Turin.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was universally considered to be a man of exquisite taste. He left his extraordinary paintings to the city of Turin in 2002.
  • 2002
    Age 81
    His successor Sergio Marchionne was an expert of reorganisation who between 2002 and 2004 led the Swiss certification company Societé Générale de Surveillance (SGS).
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  • 2000
    Age 79
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Edoardo never married, but he had one son (born out of wedlock in 1973), who was not recognized by Gianni Agnelli.
  • 1997
    Age 76
    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.
    More Details Hide Details John Elkann, the son of Gianni and Marella's daughter, Margherita, was expected to take over Fiat after Gianni's death. However, Umberto became chairman, taking over from Paolo Fresco. Fresco had diversified the Group's holdings, but Umberto refocused its activities on its auto and mechanics division. He then brought in Giuseppe Morchio to mastermind a rescue strategy for the company. Morchio was expected to continue to run the Fiat Group as it attempted to claw its way out of its latest financial crisis. However, upon Umberto's death, Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo was named chairman, with Elkann as vice chairman; Morchio immediately offered his resignation.
  • 1996
    Age 75
    Agnelli stepped down in 1996, but stayed on as honorary chairman until his death.
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  • 1991
    Age 70
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 2000s, Agnelli made overtures to General Motors resulting in an agreement under which General Motors progressively became involved in Fiat. The recent serious crisis of Fiat found Agnelli already fighting against cancer, and he could take little part in these events. Agnelli was also closely connected with Juventus, the most renowned Italian football club, of which he was a fan and the direct owner. His phone calls, every morning at 6 am, from wherever he was, whatever was he doing, to the club's president Giampiero Boniperti, were legendary. Nicknamed L'Avvocato (the lawyer) because he had a degree in law (though he was never admitted to the Order of Lawyers), Agnelli was the most important figure in Italian economy, the symbol of capitalism throughout the second half of 20th century, and regarded by many as the true "King of Italy". A cultivated man of keen intelligence and a peculiar sense of humour, he was perhaps the most famous Italian abroad, forming deep relationships with international bankers and politicians, largely through the Bilderberg Group, whose conferences he attended regularly since 1958. Some of the other Bilderberg regulars became close friends, among them Henry Kissinger. Another longtime associate was David Rockefeller (yet another Bilderberg regular), who appointed him to the International Advisory Committee (IAC) of Chase Manhattan Bank, of which Rockefeller was chairman; Agnelli sat on this committee for thirty years.
  • 1981
    Age 60
    Agnelli's politics and the events at Fiat in the 1970s were the subject of Dario Fo's 1981 satirical play Trumpets and Raspberries.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1966
    Age 45
    Agnelli became president of Fiat in 1966.
    More Details Hide Details He opened factories in many places, including Russia (at the time the Soviet Union) and South America, and started international alliances and joint-ventures (like Iveco), which marked a new industrial mentality. In the 1970s, during the international petrol crisis, he sold part of the company to Lafico, a Libyan company owned by Colonel Qaddhafi; Agnelli would later repurchase these shares, however. His relationships with the Left, especially with Enrico Berlinguer's Communist Party, were the essence of the relationships between labour forces and Italian industry. The social conflicts related to Fiat's policies (some say politics) always saw Agnelli keeping the leading role; in the 1980s, during the last important trade union action, a dramatic situation in which a strike was blocking all of Fiat's production, he was able to organise the march of 40,000 workers who broke the pickets and re-entered the factories. This marked the demise of the power of trade unions, which to this day have not recovered their influence on Italy's politics and economy. In the 1970s, Fiat and its leaders were attacked, mostly by the Red Brigades, Prima Linea and NAP. Several people working for the group were killed, and trade unions were initially suspected of hiding some of the attackers in their organizations, though the same terrorists later targeted trade unionists like Guido Rossa.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1954
    Age 33
    Their only son, Edoardo Agnelli, was born seven months after the couple's wedding, in New York City on 9 June 1954.
    More Details Hide Details Gianni gave up trying to groom him to take over Fiat, seeing how the boy was more interested in mysticism than making cars (he studied religion at Princeton and took part in a world day of prayer in Assisi).
  • 1953
    Age 32
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1940
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He fought at the Russian front, being wounded twice. He also served in a Fiat-built armoured-car division in North Africa, where he was shot in the arm by a German officer during a bar fight over a woman. After Italy surrendered, due to his fluency in English, he became a liaison officer with the occupying US troops. His grandfather, who had manufactured vehicles for the Axis during the war, was forced to retire from Fiat but named Valletta to be his successor. Gianni's grandfather died, leaving Gianni head of the family but Valletta running the company. Fiat then began producing Italy's first inexpensive mass-produced car.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1921
    Age 0
    Born on March 12, 1921.
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