John Elkann

Italian Businessman
Born Apr 1, 1976

John Philip Jacob Elkann is an Italian industrialist. He was the chosen heir of Gianni Agnelli, his grandfather, and controls the family's automaker Fiat. He is the Chairman of Fiat and the Chairman and CEO of Exor, an investment company controlled by the Agnelli family, which owns Juventus F.C. , Cushman & Wakefield and SGS.… Read More

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1976 Birth Born on April 1, 1976.
1981 5 Years Old Born in New York City, John Elkann is the first son of Alain Elkann, a journalist and writer of French Jewish and Italian Jewish background, and his then wife Italian Margherita Agnelli. His parents divorced in 1981 and both have remarried. … Read More


1994 18 Years Old Elkann attended primary school in the United Kingdom and in Brazil, before his family moved to Paris, France, where he obtained a baccalauréat scientifique at the State School Lycée Victor-Duruy in 1994. … Read More


1997 21 Years Old In December 1997, Elkann was selected by his grandfather Gianni Agnelli to take the place in the family business of Giovanni Alberto Agnelli, the son of Gianni’s younger brother, Umberto, who had died at the age of 33. … Read More
2000 24 Years Old In 2000, after graduating in Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, he joined General Electric’s Corporate Audit program. … Read More
2003 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2003, he joined IFIL (now Exor) and worked on the turnaround of Fiat Group. … Read More


2007 31 Years Old …  On 11 November 2007, Mrs. Elkann gave birth to the couple's second boy, Oceano (Italian for ocean) Noah. … Read More
2010 34 Years Old In 2010, he became chairman of Fiat S.p.A. (now Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), succeeding Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, and chairman of the Giovanni Agnelli e C. Sapaz, succeeding Gianluigi Gabetti.
2011 35 Years Old In February 2011, he was appointed chairman and CEO of EXOR.
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