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February 6, 2014

Famed for its bold geometric designs, family fashion and hotel brand Missoni was co-founded by husband and wife team Rosita and Ottavio Missoni. CampdenFB takes a look at three generations of Missoni women involved in the Italian dynasty.

Famed for its bold geometric designs, family fashion and hotel brand Missoni was co-founded by husband and wife team Rosita and Ottavio Missoni. CampdenFB takes a look at three generations of Missoni women involved in the Italian dynasty.

October 21, 2013

Lapo Elkann, a next-gen of the Agnelli family, has said he is considering opening a foundation for victims of sexual abuse, having revealed to Italian media he was himself abused as a teenager at boarding school.

Lapo Elkann, a next-gen of the Agnelli family, has said he is considering opening a foundation for victims of sexual abuse, having revealed to Italian media he was himself abused as a teenager at boarding school.

Elkann, 36 – brother to John Elkann, chairman of multi-billion euro family-controlled holding company Exor – made the comments in an interview with Italian daily Fatto Quotidiano, though he did not name his abusers.

October 18, 2013

The third-gen chief executive of Italian confectioner Ferrero has rejected speculation the company is to be sold to Nestle, as questions about succession loom over the family firm.

The third-gen chief executive of Italian confectioner Ferrero has rejected speculation the company is to be sold to Nestle, as questions about succession loom over the family firm.

Giovanni Ferrero released a statement on Thursday saying the company had been approached by rival foods conglomerate Nestle, but that it was not for sale.

Commentators, however, think the company's future is far from decided, especially since the death of Ferrero's co-chief executive, Giovanni's elder brother Pietro, in 2011 from a heart attack at the age of 47.

June 6, 2013

Control of tyre company Pirelli is being disputed by one of Italy’s most influential businessmen in a protracted fight that has also brought to the fore the often murky structure of the holding companies that prevail at many family businesses throughout the country.

Control of tyre company Pirelli is being disputed by one of Italy’s most influential businessmen in a protracted fight that has also brought to the fore the often murky structure of the holding companies that prevail at many family businesses throughout the country.

March 14, 2013

The cardinals announced their choice of pope on 13 March, electing Argentinian Jorge Mario Bergoglio – the first non-European pope for 1,300 years. His appointment might be a break from the norm, but when it comes to the new pope’s garb the Vatican is sticking with tradition.  

The cardinals announced their choice of pope on 13 March, electing Argentinean Jorge Mario Bergoglio – the first non-European pope for 1,300 years. His appointment might be a break from the norm, but when it comes to the new pope’s garb the Vatican is sticking with tradition.   

The wardrobe of Pope Francis – formerly archbishop of Buenos Aires – will be in the capable hands of tailors and sixth-generation family business Ditta Annibale Gammarelli.

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